Monday November 23, 2020

HSE warned Dept of Health about child flu vaccination challenges

Uptake of vaccines will probably be ‘significantly higher’ than the 122,000 currently reported, HSE spokeswoman says

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

@aiden_corkery
22nd November, 2020
Children were considered to be at greater risk of severe disease and complications from the flu and thought to be “super spreaders” of the virus

Rolling out a free flu vaccine for children this year would prove “extremely challenging” and risk a low take-up, the Department of Health was warned by senior HSE management earlier this year.

New figures obtained by the Business Post show that just over one-fifth (or 122,000) of the 600,000 vaccines purchased for the programme have so far been administered since it was launched on October 12. The vaccine has a shelf-life of just 18 weeks,.

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