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Preparing for your flu vaccination

Do not attend for vaccination if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19:

• High temperature

• Sore throat

• Loss of taste or smell

• New cough

When attending vaccination please ensure you have the following documentation

• PPSN number

• Eircode 

• Face mask 

• Loose fitting clothes

Consent Forms

How the flu vaccine works

How it's given

When it starts to work

Side effects

These may include:

• soreness, redness or swelling where you got the injection

fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)

• mild sweating and shivering

• headache

• aches

• feeling tired

If you feel any of these side effects, rest and take paracetamol.

Serious side effects:

Serious side effects such as a severe allergic reaction are rare.

In very rare cases Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has been reported. GBS is a condition that affects the nerves in the body. It causes nerve inflammation and can cause pain, numbness, muscle weakness and difficulty walking. You are far more likely to get Guillain-Barré syndrome from having the flu than from the flu vaccine.

Protection from the flu

Flu vaccine and other vaccines

Who should not get the flu vaccine

Who can get a free flu vaccine

If you cannot get a free flu vaccine