I have been told I need to get a flu vaccine. Can I get it for free?
Influenza, usually known as the flu, is highly infectious and anyone can get it. However some groups are at greater risk of complications if they get the flu. This includes people over the age of 65, pregnant women and people who have a chronic medical condition.
The flu vaccine can help protect you from getting the flu. The flu virus changes every year and this is why there is a new vaccine each year. Vaccination is strongly recommended if you:
· Are aged 65 and over
· Have a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart, kidney, liver, lung or neurological disease
· Have an impaired immune system due to disease or treatment
· Have a body mass index (BMI) over 40
· Are pregnant
· Live in a nursing home or other long-stay institution
· Are a carer or a healthcare worker
· Have regular contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
You can get the vaccine from your GP (family doctor) or pharmacist. Children can get the vaccine from a GP.
The vaccine itself is free of charge if you are in one of the recommended groups.However, doctors and pharmacists may charge a consultation fee when they give you the vaccine. If you have a medical card or GP visit card you can get the vaccine without being charged a consultation fee.
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.
Know Your Rights has been compiled by Boyle Citizens Information Centre which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0761 07 6330
Address: Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service - 0761 07 4000