HSE Recommended Groups for Influenza Vaccination

People 65 years of age and over

Children aged 2 to 17 years

Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy

All those aged 6-23 months and 18-64 years at increased risk of influenza-related complications such as:

  • Those with chronic illness:
  • chronic heart disease (including acute coronary syndrome)
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease (where the neurological condition compromises clearance of respiratory secretions)
  • chronic renal failure
  • chronic respiratory disease (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • diabetes mellitus
  • haemoglobinopathies

Those with immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including asplenia or hyposplenism, and all cancer patients

Those with any condition that can compromise respiratory function (e.g. spinal cord

injury, seizure disorder, or other neuromuscular disorder,) especially those attending

special schools/ day centres

Children and adults with Down syndrome

Children with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability

Children on long-term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reye syndrome)

Those with morbid obesity (Body mass index >40)

Healthcare workers

Household contacts of people with an underlying chronic health condition or Down syndrome

Out-of-home caregivers for people who have an underlying chronic health condition or have Down syndrome.

(A carer provides a significant ongoing level of care to a person who requires care in the home due to illness or disability, or frailty.

Household contacts of people aged 65 years and older (who do not also have a chronic health condition), pregnant women, children aged 2-17 years, or healthcare workers or carers are not recommended the influenza vaccine.)

People in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl

If you meet the outlined conditions and are a patient at Farranfore then use the below link to book your appointment