Flu Vaccination

The HSE have confirmed that their warehouses are depleted of adult flu vaccines at this time.


Deliveries will recommence on the 10th November.


Please do not phone the surgery to request a flu vaccine. We have a register of names and we will be contacting patients closer to this time with appointments, once quantities are confirmed. We ask that people waiting for flu vaccines appreciate that there has been a delay and shortage of flu vaccines. We are prioritising the most vulnerable groups and will do our best to get to every at-risk patient who requests a vaccine. Social distancing and hand hygiene measures will also help to prevent the spread of flu this year.


If you are in an at-risk group below (and have not already registered your name at reception), please email us at reception@arklowmedicalpractice.ie (and include your name, DOB and at-risk group) and we will contact you in November when we get our next delivery.


The HSE supplies vaccines for at-risk groups only. There is currently no availability of vaccines for those not in the at-risk groups, as there is no private stock of vaccines in Ireland at present. Please do not contact the surgery regarding the flu vaccine unless you are in an at-risk group, unfortuantely we have no capacity to provide one (despite previous vaccinations).


This year the flu vaccine is free of charge to all patients in an at-risk group and children between 2-12 years old (GMS & Private patients), see more information on the at-risk groups below.

Flu Vaccine for Children

Children aged 2 to 12 can now get the nasal flu vaccine for free. The flu vaccine will help protect your child against flu and reduce the spread of flu to others, for example, their grandparents, parents and siblings. The nasal flu vaccine has been given to children in the US since 2003 and in the UK since 2013.


If your attend Arklow Medical Practice, you can book a Nasal Flu Vaccine Clinic appointment online for your child here.


If there are no online appointments available, please email reception@arklowmedicalpractice.ie to register your interest. We will be organising more clinics over the coming weeks. 


Click here to read the HSE leaflet on the Nasal Flu Vaccine.


  • For more information from the HSE on the children's flu vaccine, please click here
  • For frequently asked questions on the children's flu vaccine, please click here.


At-Risk Groups (Adults & Children)

We strongly recommend people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine:

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, liver, kidney disease, cancer, chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma or neurological diseases
  • People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients
  • Persons who are obese who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
  • People with Down syndrome
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions
  • Healthcare workers
  • Carers and household contacts of people at medical risk of the complications of flu
  • People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs


You should not  get the flu vaccine if you have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose or any part of the vaccine. Don’t get the flu vaccine if you are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. ipilimumab plus nivolumab).


Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature greater than 38°C.

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Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.


Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.


The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.