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Adult Vaccines & Immunisations


We routinely provide the below vaccines for adults (click here for more information):

  • Flu

  • Pneumococcal Disease

  • Hepatitis B

  • HPV for people with HIV and MSM

  • Mumps

  • Rubella

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Contact reception to make an appointment with the nurse for vaccination or follow specific booking information below if available. 

Flu Vaccine

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.


Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

At-Risk Groups

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

We strongly recommend people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine:

  • People aged 65 years and over

  • Pregnant women

  • People (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver, kidney disease, cancer, chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma or neurological diseases

  • People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients

  • Persons who are obese who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40

  • People with Down syndrome

  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions

  • Healthcare workers

  • Carers and household contacts of people at medical risk of the complications of flu* (only household contacts or carers of people who have an underlying chronic health condition or have Down syndrome are eligible to receive an influenza vaccine. A carer is described as someone who is providing an ongoing significant level of care to a person who is in need of care in the home due to illness or disability or frailty.)

  • People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs


*Please note: household contacts of people aged 65 years and older (who do not also have a chronic health condition), of pregnant women, of children aged 2-17 years or of healthcare workers/carers cannot avail of the HSE season influenza vaccine provided free to all those in high risk groups and have to the source the flu vaccine privately.


You should not  get the flu vaccine if you have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose or any part of the vaccine. Don’t get the flu vaccine if you are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. ipilimumab plus nivolumab).


Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature greater than 38°C.

For information on the children's flu vaccine, see Childhood Care & Immunisations.

Useful Links on Flu Vaccines

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal disease is a very serious disease. It is a major cause of illness and death, particularly amongst the very young. Those with the following conditions should be vaccinated with PPV23.

Everybody aged 65 years and over and everybody aged 2 years and over with ;

  • Diabetes

  • Chronic lung, heart, liver, or kidney disease

  • Chronic neurological disease

  • Children aged over 2 years and under 5 years of age with a history of invasive pneumococcal disease

  • Coeliac disease

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cochlear implants or are about to get cochlear implants

  • Immune deficiency because of a disease or treatment, including cancer patients

  • HIV infection

  • Absent spleen or a non-functioning spleen

  • CSF leaks, either congenital or complicating skull fractures or neurosurgery

  • Intracranial shunt.


PPV23 vaccination is not recommended for healthy children and adults as they are at low risk of pneumococcal disease​

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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