Pregnant women and those over the age of 65 years old are being urged to get vaccinated against the flu to protect themselves against serious illness from the virus.
Every year in Ireland, between 200 and 500 people die from the flu, with three and five million cases of severe illness reported worldwide and 640,000 deaths.
The virus poses the most significant threat to the following: People over the age of 65, health care workers, children aged 2-17, women in any stage of pregnancy, as well as individuals with certain medical conditions that make them extremely prone to an increased risk of complications from the flu.
The vaccine is available from GPs, pharmacies, occupational health departments and those who work in healthcare and peer vaccination programmes.
If you are not in the recommended groups, you can arrange to get the vaccine privately, however, the service will not be free, as it is for the recommended groups.
With inoculation taking effect within two weeks, the vaccine usually reduces the risk of infection by 40-60%.
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