What is flu?
Fever, headache, sore throat and all-over aches and pains are all symptoms that can be associated with flu. Caused by an existing flu virus, it is a common infection in Ireland that usually occurs during the winter months.
For most people it's an unpleasant, but not life-threatening infection. Dunville Pharmacy is able to provide a Winter Flu Vaccination Service
to help you avoid flu this winter.
Why get a flu vaccination?
The current winter flu vaccination is designed to protect against the viruses responsible for most cases of flu.
The vaccination service will be available while stocks last.
What do I do now?
- Pop into Dunville Pharmacy and ask a member of your team.
- If you are eligible, book your appointment at the pharmacy counter.
- Ask the staff for a vaccine record form and fill in your details.
- Remain in the store for 15 minutes following your vaccination in case you suffer from any immediate side effects.
Who should get the winter flu vaccine?
Vaccination is strongly recommended for:
- Persons aged 65 and over
- People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment
- Persons with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
- Pregnant women (can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
- Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
- Healthcare workers
- People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs
- Those with a long-term medical condition such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Lung disease
- Neurological disease
Who should NOT get the winter flu vaccine?
The vaccine should not be given to those with a history of severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine or any of its constituents.
Will I be eligible for a free winter flu vaccination?
If you are aged 18 years or over, are one of the people for whom vaccination is strongly recommended and have a Medical card, Doctor Visit Card or HAA** card you are entitled to receive the winter flu vaccine and consultation free of charge from your pharmacist.
If you are aged 18 years or over, are one of the people for whom vaccination is strongly recommended or simply wish to protect yourself this winter but don't have a Medical card, Doctor Visit card or HAA** card you can get the winter flu vaccination from your Pharmacist but a fee will apply.
What are the charges?
For the vaccine we charge 10€.
For the vaccine service we charge 10€.
If you do not have a medical card and are not in any at risk groups, the total charge is 20€.
Food Intolerance Testing
We use LORISIAN Healthcare Laboratory Testing Service
We understand that food intolerance can be difficult to live with. People with food intolerance issues tend to have problems digesting two or three primary foods, along with a small number of secondary foods and simply restricting or eliminating these foods from your diet may be all it takes to make a big improvement to your health and wellbeing. Our Food Intolerance Testing Service can help you find out which food (or foods) your body is intolerant to.
What is food intolerance and what are its symptoms?
Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to food you've eaten. It's rarely serious, but it can make you feel very unwell. The most common symptoms of food intolerance include bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, skin irritation and tiredness. But it's possible not to notice the symptoms for hours or even days, and they can be constant if you eat the food that's affecting you often.
How do I get tested?
To get the food intolerance testing service phone or call in to Dunville Pharmacy and ask a member of the pharmacy team will arrange an appointment for a time that is convenient for you.
What does the service involve?
We will take a few drops of blood from a small pinprick to your finger. Your sample is tested for IgG antibodies, which your body makes more of when it's intolerant to food. The antibodies are then measured to work out which foods may be causing the reaction.
Once your results are in, we'll ask you back to the store to discuss them and suggest ways you can change your diet to help you feel better.
Remember it is important to stick to a balanced diet at all times and for this reason you will also be referred to your GP or dietician for long term management of any intolerance identified.
Is food intolerance the same as food allergy?
No, allergies and intolerances are very different. A food allergy is a bad reaction to food that affects your immune system directly. If you have an allergy, you'll usually feel symptoms within a few minutes of coming into contact with the food. Symptoms include rashes, swelling and breathing difficulties which can be life threatening in some cases.
What are the charges?
Prices start from 150€ for the basic test checking for 50 different foods. For more information - please talk to a member of staff.