What is Flu?
Influenza or Flu is a highly infectious and very common infection. Most flu outbreaks happen in late autumn or winter. There are many different strains of the flu virus. Symptoms of flu include fever (high temperature), headaches, sore throat, weakness and exhaustion, all over aches and pains. Symptoms can last for up to 7 days and affect people of all ages. The advised treatment for the Flu is rest and staying hydrated - You may need to stay in bed until your symptoms improve.
In some rare cases, the winter flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia.
Why Should You Get the Flu Vaccine?
The current vaccine is designed to protect against the viruses responsible for causing most cases of Flu. The flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies to the influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated and you come into contact with the virus, these antibodies will attack it and stop you from getting sick. The flu vaccine starts to work within two weeks. This is a convenient way to stay protected from flu.
Why Choose McCauley?
• We have 37 stores based around the country.
• Extended opening hours and many stores trade 7 days a week.
• Our pharmacists are highly trained at providing the service.
• We offer pre-booked appointments.
Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
Flu is more severe in people aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, and anyone with a long-term medical condition. The HSE is urging people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has confirmed that at-risk patients are:
• persons aged 65 years and older;
• persons 6 months – 64 years old with a chronic illness requiring regular follow up, e.g. chronic respiratory disease (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma and bronchopulmonary dysplasia), chronic heart disease (including acute coronary syndrome), chronic renal failure, diabetes mellitus, haemoglobinopathies, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease (including multiple sclerosis and hereditary and degenerative disorders
of the central nervous system);
• those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment including those with missing or non
• all cancer patients;
• patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function, e.g. spinal cord injury, seizure
or other neuromuscular disorder, especially those attending special schools or day centres;
• children and adults with Down syndrome;
• those with morbid obesity, i.e. body mass index over 40;
• all pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (QIV only);
• healthcare workers;
• residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions;
• household contacts of at-risk persons;
• out-of-home care givers to at-risk persons;
• people with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.
In addition, in relation to children:
• All Children aged 2-17 years
children with moderate to severe neurodevelopment disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability;
• children on long-term aspirin (because of Reye’s syndrome).
The vaccine will be available FREE to all of the above AT RISK group for 2021
Who Should Not Get the Flu Vaccine?
You should not receive the vaccine if you have had a previous severe allergic reaction to the vaccine or to any of its constituents.
• If you are currently on a combination of checkpoint inhibitors as it may cause a potential immune-related adverse reaction.
• Postpone vaccination if you have a current infection or fever
How Do I Get the Flu Vaccine?
• Pre-Registered your details with McCauley Pharmacy here
• Receive priority notifications via Email or SMS on the flu vaccine availability
• Once the vaccine is available in pharmacies you can book an appointment
• Phone your local McCauley Pharmacy to book an appointment or visit McCauley.ie/Flu-Vaccine for more info
• Fill out a Patient Questionnaire prior to your appointment to decrease human reduce time instore, reduce unnecessary time in the pharmacy.
• Please wear a face mask when attending for your vaccine.
• After vaccination we request that you need to stay in the store for 15 minutes in case you suffer from any immediate side effects.
• Pre-screening for Covid-19 will be done on booking and on the day of vaccinations
Do I have to Pay For The Flu Vaccine?
• If you are in one of the medically At-Risk groups you are entitled to a free flu vaccine.
• All persons older than 65 years of age are entitled to a free flu vaccine
• All children aged between 2 and 17 years are entitled to a free flu vaccine
• If you are aged between 18 and 64 and are not in any of the At Risk Categories, you will pay full price for a flu vaccine at €28
Sometimes people develop side effects after vaccination, these are generally mild and will disappear after 24-48 hours. The most common side effects include, soreness, redness or swelling at the site of injection, headache, fever aches, feeling un-well, shivering, fatigue, sweating, muscle and joint pain. Rare reactions include severe allergic reactions, nerve pain and inflammation, tingling, fits, thrombocytopenia (a blood disorder), rare nerve disorders and possible inflammation of the blood vessels. Seek medical advice if you experience any of these symptoms.
Being vaccinated is likely to provide effective protection against this year’s strain of the winter flu virus, however, there still may be a small chance of you catching the flu. After vaccination it takes 10-21 days to be protected against flu. The vaccination is not a live vaccine. You cannot catch flu from the vaccine. Blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis C and HTL1V should not be taken for two weeks after vaccination because there is the possibility of a false positive reading. On rare occasions, anaphylaxis may occur. Anaphylaxis is a rare but serious allergic reaction. Symptoms include, an itchy rash, swelling of the eyes, lips, throat, drop in blood pressure. If this should happen we have procedures in place to deal with this. If you are concerned about any aspects of the vaccination service or side-effects, talk to your McCauley pharmacist immediately. Cancer patients should receive the vaccine annually. It is recommended that the vaccine be given 2 weeks or more prior to chemotherapy. If the vaccine has to be given during chemotherapy (and chemo treatment finishes in the same influenza season) a second vaccine is required, a minimum of 4 weeks after the first vaccine.
If you have had a solid organ transplant or a haematopoietic stem cell transplant 2 doses of influenza vaccine will be given, 4 weeks apart if receiving the vaccine for the first time post -transplant.
CORPORATE FLU VACCINE SERVICE
At McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy we provide a Winter Flu Vaccination Service to support businesses throughout Ireland. Our Flu Vaccination Service is an easy and very cost-effective way to protect your workforce and your business from the effects of the Winter cold and flu.
Our programme is designed to help protect your workforce against the spread of flu, helping to maintain your business’s productivity during the flu season, as well as another great way to being committed to the well-being of your workforce. McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy can provide your employees with the flu vaccine at our special corporate rate when you pre-pay in August.
95% of all short-term absences from work are caused by minor illnesses such as colds and flu – which on average costs employers an average of €818 per employee per year.
(Source: Employee Absenteeism - A guide to managing absenteeism IBEC Aug 2011).
WHY PARTNER WITH MCCAULEY FOR YOUR CORPORATE FLU VACCINATION SERVICE?
At McCauley Pharmacy we make it easy, stress-free and efficient when you choose us.
- We have 37 stores based around the country. See here
- Our pharmacists are highly trained at providing these services and patient care.
- Competitive Corporate Rates
- We offer pre-booked appointments to ensure the safety of both our customers and staff
- We can offer supplemental medical advice to help you get through the winter season
Simply purchase vouchers for your employees that they can use in any McCauley Pharmacy. This comes as an advantage if you are a large employer that has employees based at various locations around the country.
For more information fill out our Pre-Registration form here and one of our experts will get in touch with you shortly.
Only household contacts or carers of people who have an underlying chronic health condition or have Down syndrome are eligible to receive HSE-supplied influenza vaccine. See overleaf for details. Household contacts of people aged 65 years and older (who do not also have a chronic health condition), pregnant women, children aged 2-12 years or of healthcare workers or carers are not eligible for HSEsupplied influenza vaccine. These eligibility criteria are based on the recommendations of the National immunisation Advisory Committee.