HSE Urges Those Eligible To Take Up The Covid & Flu Vaccine

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The HSE is urging every eligible person to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 urgently amid concern over an expected imminent rise in winter viruses. This is particularly important for people with long term health conditions and healthcare workers (HCWs) according to the HSE.

Dr Mai Mannix, Area Director of Public Health HSE Mid-West, says vaccination levels remain low among adults and children across North Tipperary, Limerick and Clare.

The Mid West Public Health office says hospitals are already feeling pressure from a significant level of RSV infection particularly in paediatric services. Flu levels are rising and the HSE Midwest expects it to be reaching its peak from mid-December and into January.

COVID-19 levels are currently stable.  

Everyone who is eligible, including older people, carers and vulnerable groups are being invited to book their appointments for both the flu and COVID vaccines. They are available free of charge from participating GPs and Pharmacies; and HCWs can also get their vaccines at workplace clinics.

A COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for everyone aged 50 and over, everyone over 5 living with a long term health condition, those who are immunocompromised and all healthcare workers.  

The flu vaccine is available free of charge to everyone aged 65 and older as well as all living with long term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and who may be immunocompromised, along with health and care workers. Both vaccines can be given at the same time.

The children’s flu vaccine is available free of charge to all children aged 2-12.