Important information for our members:
Flu Vaccine – Winter 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to place our health system under extreme pressure, the effects of which will likely be felt into 2022. While seasonal flu vaccination is not known to give immunity against coronavirus, promoting good health during the annual winter flu season is a sensible approach to our current health environment. 

If you fall into an at-risk group

You can get the flu vaccine under the HSE Flu Vaccine Programme for free if you:

  • are 65 years of age and over

  • are pregnant
  • are a child aged 2 to 17 years
  • are an adult or child aged 6 months or older with a long-term health condition
  • were born with Down syndrome
  • live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility

We suggest you read more detailed information here to see if you are eligible for a free vaccine: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/about-the-vaccine/ 

If you do not fall into an at-risk group

Irish Life Health members can claim for a flu vaccine administered by their GP under the GP visit benefit, where this benefit is available on their plan. For this flu season, if your flu vaccine is administered by a nurse or pharmacy, this can also be claimed under the GP visit benefit on your plan for receipts dated between 1st October 2021 and 31st March 2022.

A number of Irish Life Health plans offer a specific flu vaccination benefit that can be used with any provider. Members who have this benefit on their plan can attend a provider of their choice and then submit their receipt to claim the benefit amount from us.

Update on vaccines provided by Tropical Medical Bureau (TMB)

Some Irish Life Health members will have a specific flu vaccination benefit with our provider partner TMB.  Unfortunately, TMB have advised us that they have a restricted supply of the flu vaccine at the moment and are unable to take appointments. We are very sorry for this inconvenience.

As an alternative, claims for flu vaccines administered by your GP can be made under the GP visit benefit, where this benefit is available on your plan. If your flu vaccine is administered by a nurse or pharmacy, thisWhere the flu vaccine is administered by a nurse or pharmacy, this can also be claimed under the GP visit benefit on your plan for receipts dated between 1st October 2021 and 31st March 2022.

Please refer to your Table of Cover for full details of the benefits and level of cover available to you under your plan. It’s also important to note that an outpatient/day to day excess may apply to your claim.

You can make your claim by submitting your receipt through your member portal on the Irish Life Health member app or website.

If you’ve any questions relating to this, please email heretohelp@irishlifehealth.ie and we’ll be very happy to help.

The cover available on your plan is subject to the benefits listed on your Table of Cover and other terms and conditions outlined in your Membership Handbook.