Those working frontline jobs in the healthcare sector have been encouraged to get the influenza vaccine.
There has been 20% increase in hospital staff flu vaccination between 2016 and 2019 with a jump from 34% upto 53.2%.
Furthermore, numbers reveal that flu shots have risen among those aged 65 and over in Ireland last year. Dr John Cuddihy, vaccine lead in the HSE, argues the importance of the vaccine, stressing that it’s a lifesaver. He reminds us that influenza can be a very serious disease and in some cases prove deadly. Each year there’s a potential for thousands of flu-related deaths across the country.
The CEO of the HSE, Paul Reid has confirmed that a significant endeavour has been made by the hospitals and healthcare organisations in order to advance flu vaccine among healthcare workers. He’s asserted that this increase has show substantial enhancements.
According to the HSE, the following groups are vulnerable and should avail of the flu vaccine:
- 65+ years
- Pregnant women
- Anyone over six months of age with a long term illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes, cancer or those with lower immunity due to disease or treatment
- Nursing home residents
- Individuals with a physical or intellectual disability
- Healthcare workers
- Carers of people in medical at-risk categories
- People in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.