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Who should get the vaccine?

Who should be vaccinated with seasonal flu vaccine?

THE HSE RECOMMENDS THAT THE FOLLOWING GROUPS OF PEOPLE SHOULD BE VACCINATED:

Vaccination is strongly recommended for:

  • persons 65 and over,
  • those over 6 months of age with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart or lung disease,
  • people whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment,
  • persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40,
  • healthcare workers,
  • residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions,
  • carers,
  • people with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs,
  • pregnant women and those 6 weeks after giving birth with long term medical conditions or whose immune system is not working,*
  • pregnant women and those 6 weeks after giving birth who do not have long term medical conditions but have not previously received Swine Flu vaccine.*

*can be given at any stage of pregnancy.