Influenza is an acute viral infection which affects the respiratory tract and has systemic symptoms. It is caused by a virus which infects humans, animals, and birds.
What are the signs and symptoms of flu?
Most people do not experience any symptoms. Some people may have mild, moderate, or severe symptoms. Onset is sudden, and symptoms include:
In the majority, symptoms last for 3 to 5 days. Patients rapidly recover, although some feel weak and lethargic for several weeks
Why should I get the flu vaccine?
Some people are more likely to develop complications if they contract influenza. It is important for these “high-risk” patients to receive their flu vaccination annually
The seasonal flu vaccine (flu jab) protects against 4 strains of flu virus. These are the strains most likely to be circulating this flu season.
The vaccine is available every year to adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
You need to get a new vaccine every Autumn. This is because the strains of the flu virus change. This is why it is called seasonal flu. But people commonly call it flu.
You should get your flu vaccine during the Autumn, to be covered for flu season
How do I book my flu vaccine appointment?
Visit our website next week to book your vaccine with your chosen store. Once you make your booking you will receive a booking confirmation via e-mail and text.
What stores can I book my flu vaccine in?
A flu vaccine can be booked in the following locations:
Adelphi, Airside, Athy, Ballymun, Blanchardstown, Bray, Citywest, Clarehall, Dundrum, Glasnevin, Gorey, Griffeen, Kimmage,
Limerick, Lusk, Malahide, Pavilions, Ridgewood, Rush, Sandyford, Santry, Tallaght, The Diamond, Thurles, Wexford, Yellow Walls.