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Winter is coming … and with it, the dreaded flu virus. You know how it is: you’re trying your best to stay healthy – taking regular doses of vitamin C and keeping warm, but one of your colleagues is sneezing and spluttering around the office. It’s only a matter of time before you get the flu yourself.

Prepare for Winter: Protect Yourself and Others with the Flu Vaccine

Winter is just around the corner, and with it, the looming threat of the flu virus. You’re doing your best to stay healthy, stocking up on vitamin C, and bundling up against the chill, but there’s that one colleague at the office who’s sneezing and spluttering, and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before the flu catches up with you.

But this year, there’s an even more pressing concern: the simultaneous risk of getting the flu and COVID-19, or falling victim to both illnesses one after the other. A weakened immune system from one illness can make you more vulnerable to the other, and that’s a scenario we all want to avoid.

In light of these challenges, the flu vaccine for this year isn’t just another shot in the arm; it’s a vital tool in our collective effort to prevent the dual epidemics that could strain our already overburdened healthcare system and exhaust our dedicated doctors and nurses.

Don’t wait – get your flu vaccine at McFadden’s Pharmacies: Letterkenny Shopping Centre, McFadden’s Oldtown Road, and Slevin’s Pharmacy Lifford.

Pre-registration is simple – just give us a call, and the vaccine will be available from the end of September. Reach out to the following numbers:

  • McFadden’s Letterkenny Shopping Centre: 074-912-2304
  • McFadden’s Oldtown Road: 074-912-1369
  • Slevin’s Pharmacy: 074-914-1800

Calling all business owners! If you’d like to offer your staff discounted corporate vaccination rates, reach out to our pharmacies, and we can arrange out-of-hours vaccinations, ensuring your staff’s protection without disrupting working hours.

According to our Pharmacist Tony McCormick, “This is the year that everyone should be getting the flu shot.”

The seasonal flu vaccine, or flu jab, shields against the four most likely flu virus strains to circulate during the upcoming flu season. Remember, you need a new vaccine each year because the virus strains change – that’s why it’s called seasonal flu, even though people often simply refer to it as the flu.

The earlier you get your flu vaccine, the better. Flu season typically runs from September to the end of April.

The good news is that the flu vaccine is free for several groups:

  • All children aged 2-12 years.
  • All individuals aged 70 and over.
  • All medical card holders who belong to an ‘at-risk group’ (more on this below).

At-risk groups: If you fall into any of the following categories, you’re considered part of an at-risk group and can receive the flu vaccine for free:

  • Children aged 2 to 12
  • Individuals aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant individuals
  • Those with long-term medical conditions (e.g., heart, lung, kidney, neurological diseases, or cancer)
  • Those with weakened immune systems (e.g., diabetes or undergoing chemotherapy)
  • Residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
  • Individuals with obesity (BMI over 40)
  • Children with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorders (such as cerebral palsy)
  • Those born with Down syndrome

In Ireland, all children between the ages of 2 and 12 can receive the flu vaccine for free at McFadden’s Pharmacies in Letterkenny and Slevin’s Pharmacy in Lifford.

How the vaccine is given to children: The vaccine is administered as a single spray in each nostril of your child’s nose. It’s not painful, quickly absorbed, and effective even if your child has a runny nose or sneezes after the vaccination. Most children only need one dose each year, while those with chronic health conditions may require two doses, administered four weeks apart if they’ve never had a flu vaccine before.

Take charge of your health and protect your loved ones. Get your flu vaccine today.

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