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 flu 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 diabetes, heart or lung disease, moderate
or severe asthma, COPD, cystic fi brosis, MS
✚ persons whose immune system is impaired
due to disease or treatment
✚ healthcare workers & carers
✚ residents of nursing homes and long stay
✚ 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