Influenza (flu vaccine) 2020-2021
Due to very high demand, flu vaccines on own request will be sold to IHCH family practice registered patients only .
The influenza vaccination campaign takes place in the first two weeks of November.
If you are a registered family practice/GP patient, you will automatically receive an invitation for the influenza (flu) vaccination if you:
- Are age 60 or above. You will also be offered a pneumococcal vaccine when older than 70.
- Have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, lung disease or a compromised immune system
The administration of the planned vaccines will take place in the 2nd week of November. This is before the expected outbreaks of influenza, in case of emergency (family visit abroad etc) we have very limited stock for earlier vaccination.
The IHCH will send invitations each year if you have any of the conditions mentioned above. If you did not receive an invitation and think you are eligible, please contact your GP.
Can I get a flu shot if I am not in a risk group?
If you are below age 60 and do NOT have a medical indication, AND IF HOU ARE REGISTERED TO OUR GP PRACTICE, you can still obtain the flu vaccine from our pharmacy. You will have to print and sign our influenza form and present it to our pharmacy staff. You can come without appointment between 09:00 - 11:00 am and 14:00 - 16:00 pm, but note that due to limited vaccine supplies because of COVID-19 the vaccine may be temporarily out of stock. These vaccines are available as from September 15th 2020.
Children under the age of 9: If it is their first ever flu vaccine, two doses are needed, given two weeks apart. For all those who've had the flu vaccine in the past, only one dose is needed.
There is currently NO availability of influenza vaccines for children below age 3 (own request), only for children with medical indication. Latest scientific insights tell us that vaccinating healthy children <3 yrs is medically not effective, which is also why we do not recommend to do so.