Most residents opted to get the flu vaccine this month. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season. Getting the flu vaccination at this time of year means that the residents are covered for flu season. The flu vaccine helps the immune system to produce antibodies to the influenza virus. If a resident has been vaccinated and then comes into contact with the virus, these antibodies will attack it and stop them from getting sick.
The viruses change each year and this is why the residents need to get a new vaccine each year. The HSE strongly recommend that older people get the vaccine. All residents were individually advised by their GP and made their own decision as to whether they wanted it or not.