Published on Thursday3rdNovember2016
Harris urges healthcare workers & at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza
Minister Harris receiving the flu vaccine from Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan
Health Minister Simon Harris 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 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.
Find more information on the flu vaccine here.
For more information read the press release here.