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Minister Harris urges healthcare workers and people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza

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Minister Simon Harris TD today received the seasonal flu vaccine from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and urged all healthcare workers and people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza.

Minister Harris said, “Today I received the vaccine and I would urge all those involved in healthcare or in at risk groups to get the vaccine in advance of the winter season. Vaccination reduces the spread of flu in the general population so you are protecting not just yourself but others who are at risk”.

The Chief Medical Office Dr Holohan said, “I would continue to urge health professionals and at risk groups to get the vaccine. Health professionals have the highest degree of contact with vulnerable patients and a higher risk of transmitting flu to patients. All at risk patients including the elderly and pregnant women should also get the flu vaccine as the vaccine is the only real defence against flu.”

The flu vaccine prevents flu which is a serious disease with up to 1,000 flu related deaths during a severe flu season. People in the ‘at risk’ group include: Healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, over 65s, people with chronic illnesses and pregnant women, are all advised to get vaccinated.

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Further info on the flu vaccination programme