Published: 9 October 2020
If you work in healthcare you are 10 times more likely to get the flu. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to help protect yourself and patients in healthcare settings.
There are three ways for you to get your vaccine this flu season:
- Swiftqueue: Log onto www.swiftqueue.com/hse-staff-flu.php to book your HSE Flu Vaccine clinic appointment today (at your workplace).
- Local Pharmacy- Get in touch to book your Flu Vaccine
- General Practice (GP)- Get in touch to book your Flu Vaccine.
If any of your staff work in the hospitals of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group or plan to get their vaccination in one of these hospitals, they will be required to use the same online consent form that was used last year and follow local guidance on vaccination clinics.
Flu Protect Yourself, Protects Other, complete the new eLearning module
The Flu eLearning Module has been updated for 2020 and is live on HSELanD for all staff to complete. The program will help update and educate all staff in the Health Service about the Flu Vaccine. It also answers some common concerns or questions about the vaccine.
In light of the current covid-19 pandemic and upcoming flu season all Healthcare Workers should complete the programme to boost their knowledge about the Flu Vaccination this year. It is a mandatory programme for all HSE Health Care Workers and gives information and updates about the Flu vaccination this season.
The module takes about 10 minutes to complete. To access the Flu Vaccine – Protect yourself, Protect others programme, search for the title on the homepage of HSELanD.
This year, all children aged 2-12 will be offered the flu vaccine, which is given as a nasal spray. The nasal flu vaccine offers children the best protection against flu and will be available from GPs and Pharmacists later in October. Click here for more information about the flu vaccine for children.
Protecting Our Health Service during the COVID-19 pandemic
As Ireland and countries around the world continue to deal with COVID-19, it is more important than ever that healthcare workers get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and to protect others, insisted Dr Chantal Migone, Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the HSE National Immunisation Office.
“If you work in healthcare you are 10 times more likely to get the flu,” she said. “Flu is very infectious and can have serious and sometimes life-threatening consequences for those who become infected. Up to 500 people die from the flu every year in Ireland. The flu vaccine offers protection for people who get it and for those around them as the vaccinated person is protected from the disease and so cannot spread it.
“Most people with flu are sick for five to seven days with a high temperature, sore throat, muscle pains, fatigue and headache. But some people won’t develop symptoms and so can spread it to other people, like vulnerable patients, or their own families, without knowing they have it,” confirmed Dr Migone.
This flu season presents a real challenge to our health services that are already under pressure as a result of COVID -19. We have seen enormous efforts from staff this year to control the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings and in the community. Healthcare workers across the country worked tirelessly, made huge sacrifices and continue to do so as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the Flu Vaccine is a simple way for us to help control the spread of flu in healthcare settings and in the community.
“For patients, especially older people and those with underlying health conditions, infection with both flu and COVID-19 could have very serious consequences. The seasonal flu vaccine cannot prevent COVID-19 but it’s our best way of protecting ourselves, from influenza, protecting our vulnerable patients and preventing outbreaks of influenza. It takes just a few minutes to protect yourself and the people around you,” said Dr Migone.
Protect Yourself, Protect Others
Visit HSE.ie/flu for more information