Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Programme – 2022/23


Balrothery Pharmacy has been approved to vaccinate all patients 2 years of age and older. Annual influenza (flu) vaccination is strongly recommended for those aged 65 and older, those at risk and children aged 2-17 years and for it to be administered in early in the season.

Balrothery Pharmacy also provides influenza vaccines available for patients who do not qualify for HSE-funded vaccine administration. This service is private, €25 and you pay in store.

You will be able to book any type of influenza vaccination listed above in the booking form below. Please ensure that you select the correct vaccine and age profile in the dropdown menu. You will receive an email confirming your vaccination appointment.



Consent Forms – Please please out and bring to your appointment.


Who are at-risk patients?

  • aged 65 years and older

  • aged 2 to 17 years

  • a healthcare worker

  • pregnant

  • living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility

  • in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl

People with these conditions can also get a free flu vaccine:

  • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome

  • chronic liver disease

  • chronic kidney failure

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, or bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system

  • diabetes

  • Down syndrome

  • haemoglobinopathies

  • a body mass index (BMI) over 40

  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including asplenia or hyposplenism, and all cancer patients)

  • children with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy

  • children on long-term aspirin therapy

  • any condition that can compromise respiratory function, like spinal cord injury, seizure disorder or other neuromuscular disorder, especially people also attending special schools or day centres


Free flu vaccines will be offered to carers or household contacts of people who have:

  • a health condition listed above

  • Down syndrome

Free flu vaccines will not be offered to household contacts of:

  • people aged 65 years and older, who do not also have a chronic health condition

  • pregnant women

  • children aged 2 to 17 years

  • healthcare workers

  • carers


The 2022/2023 HSE seasonal vaccination programme will offer:
. Quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), nasal application for those aged 2-17 years. Brand available:
. Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension Influenza vaccine (live attenuated, nasal) manufactured by
AstraZeneca AB

. Inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) available for all other eligible populations including those aged 2-17 with contraindications to LAIV (QIV is licensed for those 6 months of age and older). Two brands of injectable vaccine will be distributed and are interchangeable where two doses are required:
. Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (split virion, inactivated) manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur
. Influvac Tetra marketed by Mylan

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine contains protection against 4 strains of flu virus. These are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season.

The four strains are:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;

  • an A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus;

  • a B/Austria/1359417/2021 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus; and

  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus.


Egg Allergy

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee recommends that those with confirmed egg anaphylaxis or egg allergy can be given influenza vaccine in a primary care or school setting with the exception of those who have required admission to ICU for a previous severe anaphylaxis to egg.
Those requiring the flu vaccine who have had a previous ICU admission for a severe anaphylaxis to egg should be referred for specialist assessment with regard to vaccine administration in hospital.

Post vaccination observation

It is mandatory for the patient to wait for a minimum of 15 minutes in the pharmacy. If this is not practicable,
vaccine recipients should wait in the vicinity for 15 minutes after vaccination to ascertain if there is an
adverse reaction, including anaphylaxis