What is influenza (flu)?
Influenza is a highly infectious acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.
Influenza affects people of all ages. Outbreaks of influenza occur almost every year, usually in winter. This is why it is also known as seasonal flu.
Who is eligible for free vaccination?
Administration of the Flu Vaccine is free to all Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card & HAA card holders who are over 65 or who belong to one of the at-risk groups listed below.
Who are the at-risk groups?
✔ persons aged 65 and over
✔ those with a long-term medical condition such as chronic liver disease, diabetes, heart or lung disease, moderate or severe asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, MS
✔ cancer patients
✔ persons with hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
✔ persons with down syndrome
✔ persons whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
✔ healthcare workers & carers
✔ residents of nursing homes and long stay institutions
✔ persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40
✔ all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
✔ persons with regular close contact with poultry,water fowl or pigs
✔ household contacts of persons with increased medical risk.
* Eligibility criteria are subject to change by the HSE, ask in store for details.
Hickey’s Pharmacies Flu Vaccination service is available to everyone over 18 years old. All Hickey’s Pharmacists administering vaccines have completed comprehensive training and are fully certified to administer the flu vaccine.
Pneumonia & Shingles vaccination service will be available in our Pharmacies nationwide from mid-September
Ask a member of staff for further details.
Corporate Flu Vaccinations
Seasonal flu is a major cause of illness and absenteeism among working adults. 95% of all short-term absences in Ireland are caused by minor illness such as colds and flu. For most sufferers, flu symptoms will last for about a week, but a feeling of weakness can persist for some time, reducing individual productivity and increasing workload and stress. Flu vaccinations prevent flu in up to 90% of healthy adults aged less than 65. Flu vaccination represents a very cost-effective way of keeping employees at work.
If you would like to receive further information, please contact your local store.