As we are aware, anyone can get the flu, however it is more severe in people over the age of 65 and anyone suffering from a chronic medical condition. Pregnant women have also been found to be at an increased risk of complications due to the flu.
Flu can be prevented by receiving a vaccination. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective way to help prevent the infection and avoid in some cases hospitalisation.
High risk groups:
- Persons aged 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- Anyone with a long term medical condition such as diabetes. heart, kidney, lung or neurological disease
- Health care workers
The HSE provides the flu and pneumococcal vaccine free of charge for all those in the at-risk groups
Commences September 14, 2017