Flu vaccine: How and where can I get this winter’s jab free of charge?

Many may get a free jab: over-65s, children, health workers, pregnant women, animal workers

So far there have been low rates of flu globally compared with previous years, probably because of the measures in place to control Covid, says Dr Eoghan De Barra. Photograph: iStock

So far there have been low rates of flu globally compared with previous years, probably because of the measures in place to control Covid, says Dr Eoghan De Barra. Photograph: iStock

When will people be able to get a flu vaccine in GP surgeries?
GPs are expected to start giving out influenza vaccines to people aged 80 and over on October 4th – that’s Monday. The jab will be given to this age group alongside the Covid booster vaccine. Dr Eoghan De Barra, consultant in infectious diseases at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, says the data so far does not suggest any increase in side effects or impact on efficacy of either vaccine when they are administered at the same visit. It is, however, recommended that the inoculations are given in different arms, to reduce soreness.

It isn’t clear whether enough flu vaccines have arrived in Ireland yet for the 65-to-79 age group and younger vulnerable people, although health experts aren’t concerned about supplies at this stage.

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