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Slevins-Pharmacy-Donegal-Vaccine-Health-ColumnWinter is coming … and with it, the dreaded flu virus. You know how it is: you’re trying your best to stay healthy – taking regular doses of vitamin C and keeping warm, but one of your colleagues is sneezing and spluttering around the office. It’s only a matter of time before you get the flu yourself.

The last thing you need this autumn and winter is to catch the flu and Covid-19 at the same time, or in rapid succession because your defenses are down after one illness, making you more vulnerable to the other.

With that in mind, this year’s flu vaccine could serve as a vital shot in the arm for public health and society’s effort to avoid dual epidemics that could overwhelm the already overburdened health care system and its exhausted doctors and nurses.

Get your Flu vaccine at McFadden’s Pharmacy Letterkenny Shopping Centre, McFadden’s Pharmacy Oldtown Road and Slevin’s Pharmacy Lifford.

All you have to do is call to Pre-register your details for the vaccine. The vaccine will be available from the end of Sept.


McFaddens Letterkenny Shopping Centre 0749122304

McFadden’s Oldtown Road 0749121369

Slevin’s Pharmacy 074 9141800

Are you a business owner and want your staff to avail of discounted corporate vaccination rates call our pharmacies to arrange. We can provide out of hours vaccinations so you do not have to staff vaccinated during working hours.

“This is the year that everyone should be getting the flu shot,” says our Pharmacist Tony McCormick

This seasonal flu vaccine (flu jab) protects against 4 strains of flu virus. These are the strains most likely to be circulating this flu season.

The vaccine is available every year to adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

You need to get a new vaccine each year. This is because the strains of the flu virus change. This is why it is called seasonal flu. But people commonly call it flu.

You should get your flu vaccine as soon as it’s available, to be covered for flu season.

Flu season runs from September to end of April.


The flu vaccine is free for

all children from 2-12 years

all over 70’s

all medical card holders who are in ‘at risk group’ (see below)

At-risk groups

Some people are more at risk of getting complications if they catch flu.

You can get the flu vaccine for free if you’re in an at-risk group.

You are in an at-risk group if you:

are a child aged 2 to 12

are 65 years of age and over

are pregnant

have a long-term medical condition – for example, a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease or cancer

have a weak immune system – for example, if you have diabetes or you’re having chemotherapy

live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility

are obese and have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40

are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy

were born with Down syndrome

All children in Ireland aged between 2 and 12 will be able to get the flu vaccine for free from McFadden’s Pharmacies Letterkenny and Slevin’s Phamacy Lifford

How the vaccine is given to Children

The vaccine is given as a single spray in each nostril of your child’s nose.

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The vaccine is not painful and is absorbed quickly. It will work even if your child has a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose after the vaccination.

Most children need only 1 dose of the vaccine each year. Some children with chronic health conditions like chronic heart or lung conditions may need 2 doses. The doses are given 4 weeks apart if they have never had a flu vaccine.

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