Free flu vaccine for children and at-risk groups announced

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has welcomed the expansion of free access to the flu vaccine as an important measure to protect public health.

Deputy Farrell said, “The flu vaccine will be made available this year, at no cost, to all children aged between 2 and 12 years old, as well as all persons aged between 6 months and 69 years old who are in an ‘at risk group’ as defined by the HSE.”

“As it stands all persons over the age of 70 already have access to the vaccine for free.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “I would urge everyone to get the flu vaccine every year, however, it is particularly important that we do so this year as a combination of a bad flu season and a resurgence of Covid-19 in the Winter would put our health service under severe pressure.”

“This is something proactive we can do to prevent making a difficult situation worse. I hope that all people that can avail of the vaccine, will do so.”

Speaking at the announcement of the expansion, Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D, said, “The flu vaccine is the only defence against the flu and is the best option for vulnerable people against the life-threatening complications of flu”.