People aged over 50 years must ensure they get flu shots
under new national immunization guidelines.
The revised guidelines from the National Immunization
Advisory Committee (NIAC) also call for women of child-bearing age to get
tested for their immunity to chickenpox if they have never suffered from the
The new guidelines were released at the Royal College of
Physicians of Ireland.
"We have to make that decision and the advice is to do
it. And the issue is - how quickly can we introduce it? And secondly, will we
have the resources to introduce it in the context of the current budgetary
situation?" said Minister for Health Mary Harney.