The flu vaccine will be available from the end of September 2020
Healthcare workers prevent the spread of flu and save lives by getting the flu vaccine.
The best way to protect you, your patients and your family is to get this year’s vaccine.
You can pass the flu virus to somebody you care for even before you know that you are sick.
Flu can be transmitted from 1 day before (asymptomatic) and for 3 to 5 days after developing symptoms. During this time patients and colleagues could become infected.
Healthcare workers and flu
Healthcare workers are at an increased risk of getting flu.
At least 20% of healthcare workers are infected with flu every year. Many people do not get symptoms of flu. You might only have mild symptoms and continue to work. This increases the risk of passing on flu to patients, family and colleagues.
If you have any symptoms of flu, please do not visit:
- residential care facilities
- vulnerable people
People who are 65 and older or with long-term medical conditions, often have weaker immune systems. These groups are more likely to be in hospitals and long-term care facilities. They rely on the immunity of people who care for them.
Research has shown increased vaccinations lead to a reduction in the rates of flu-like illness. This means less hospitalisation and deaths from flu in the elderly. It also means there is a reduction in healthcare worker sick leave.
Visit the HSE Website for further information and see the information leaflet below.