Flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme

Flu Vaccine

The current influenza vaccination programme has been extended to include everyone aged 50 to 64 years old and all health and social care workers.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone in eligible groups to come forward for vaccination to maximise their protection against the virus, including all health and social care workers.

People who should get the vaccine

Some people are at greater risk from the effects of flu and should get the vaccine when offered it. There’s an increased risk if you:

  •  are pregnant
  • are aged 50 and over on 31 March 2024, even if you feel fit and healthy
  • live in a residential or nursing home
  • have an illness or underlying health condition (including children from six months of age)

You are also at increased risk of flu if you are at higher risk of infection with avian influenza related to your work or similar exposures, such as bird culling or cleaning at confirmed avian influenza outbreak premises or handling live unwell birds.

Workers employed at, or regularly visiting, statutorily-registered poultry units and poultry processing units, may also be at risk if they have direct exposure to bird faeces or litter such as through initial egg sorting or cleaning of premises.

The annual flu vaccination programme also includes:

  • all preschool children aged two year to four years old on 1 September
  • children at primary school and secondary school (up to and including Year 12)
  • carers – if you care for another person, you should ask your GP if you should be vaccinated so you can continue caring for them
  • all health and social care (HSC) workers
  • staff in independent care homes, hospices and domiciliary care providers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

You can receive your vaccine now from either a Trust clinic, participating community pharmacy, or your GP.

Trust Clinics

Tuesday 27 February, Mid-Ulster Hospital vaccination office, 10am – 3pm.

Wednesday 28 February, Whiteabbey Hospital boardroom, 10am – 3pm.

Drop in at a time that suits you or book an appointment.

COVID-19 booster vaccine

You will be offered the COVID-19 booster vaccine if you are:

  • a resident or staff member in a care home
  • aged 65 years and over
  • aged six months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
  • a frontline health and social care worker
  • aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • a carer, aged 16 to 64 years
  • pregnant

Top tips

Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water.

When sneezing, blowing your nose or coughing – catch it, by using a tissue; bin it, by throwing the tissue in the bin; and kill it, by washing your hands afterwards to kill the germs.

If you have symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms have resolved fully.

If eligible, receiving the seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect yourself and others from getting the virus. If you have questions about the vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider and make an informed decision.

Find out further information at www.nidirect.gov.uk/wintervaccines

 

 

 

22nd January 2024

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