Cork workforce encouraged to get the flu vaccine and keep healthy and safe this winter

The HSE have warned that Ireland could be about to face the ‘worst flu season on record’ in the coming weeks, and are urging those in risk groups to get the flu vaccination as soon as possible. It follows a “heavy” outbreak of the H3N2 virus in Australia and New Zealand – with both countries currently recovering from their worst outbreaks on record.

Influenza thrives in workplace environments infecting around 5 – 20% of people each winter. Once infected, a contagious employee may have up to 3 days before symptoms appear, giving the virus opportunity to be passed to colleagues, customers and family members through normal everyday contact.

It can take up to two weeks before the vaccine becomes fully effective, so it’s advised to get the vaccine before the flu virus reaches peak levels. The vaccine will be available in Phelans pharmacies throughout the flu season but receiving it earlier is crucial to preventing flu this winter.

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Phelans Pharmacies can assist you to incorporate a hassle-free flu vaccination program into your workplace by providing flu vaccines to employees and patients at six locations across Cork – Patrick Street, Grand Parade, Carrigaline, Glanmire, Gurranabraher and Kinsale Road Roundabout. We are open at convenient times, including weekends and late nights.

Speaking about the flu vaccine Conor Phelan said “Please get your flu vaccine early this season as a heavier than usual flu is predicted based on what has been happening in recent weeks in the southern hemisphere. This is especially important if you are over 60 and have a long term illness, IF YOU ARE A CARER or a health worker or if you are pregnant. I have already had mine!”

A corporate flu program is the best way to decrease sick days and maintain a healthy, productive workforce and we are now taking bookings and can facilitate a pre-pay option for companies who wish to have their staff avail of the flu vaccine in our participating pharmacies. For more information call 0871126123.

Getting a flu vaccine is easy, so is the billing when you choose a corporate flu vaccine program. To make an inquiry, receive a quote or to make a booking, please email the following details to info@phelans.ie

• Business name.
• The area that your business is located.
• Approximate number of employees requiring vaccination.
• Your preference of dates, days of the week or times of day for the vaccination session.

Phelans family run pharmacy is proud to be serving the people of Cork for almost 30 years with locations in Carrigaline, Glanmire, Kinsale Road Roundabout, Blackrock, Grand Parade, Patrick Street and Gurranabraher, Phelans late-night pharmacy on the Kinsale Road is open from 10.00 a.m. until midnight 7 nights a week, serving you 365 days a year.

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