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Sunday 1 October 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Influenza

This year
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'Early days' for the spread of the flu as no cases reported in the last week
The HPSC has not recorded any flu cases in the last week.
Ireland's first two flu cases of the season have been confirmed
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said global flu detections have increased in recent weeks, “albeit at low levels”.
The HSE recently launched its winter flu vaccine programme, with children aged 2-17 offered a flu nasal spray.
Usually in Ireland, 200-500 people die from the flu each winter - but there were no recorded cases last year.
The HPSC has said that global flu detections have increased in recent weeks, "albeit at low levels".
'No evidence' yet of flu circulating but HSE urges people to 'be prepared' for winter
'No evidence' yet of flu circulating but HSE urges people to 'be prepared' for winter
Last winter there were no recorded cases of flu transmitted in Ireland.
The HSE is advising people that getting a flu jab "early on" is the best way to protect themselves, Rónán Duffy writes.
Usually in Ireland, between 200 and 500 people die from flu each winter.
However last winter there were no recorded cases transmitted in Ireland.
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No cases of flu recorded by HSE so far this winter
Two deaths and 107 new cases of the illness were reported in the same week last year.
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For the first time, children aged 2-12 are also entitled to a free flu vaccine.
Free flu vaccine will be available for children aged 2-12 this winter
The vaccine will also be free for people in at-risk groups and those aged 70 and over.
HSE apologises to those affected by overcrowded emergency departments as some hospitals ban visitors
Hospitals in Cork, Waterford, and South Tipperary have all imposed strict visiting restrictions.
Dublin and Cork hospitals restrict visitors as they deal with high numbers of patients with flu
Children under 12 are not permitted to visit the hospital, it said today.
'Significant' increase in the number of over-75s attending emergency departments
There has been marked increase in general in the number of people attending EDs and being admitted to hospital compared to the same time last year.
HSE urges high-risk people to get flu vaccine as virus is 'actively circulating'
The latest figures show that the flu rate has spiked.
34 people have died from the flu so far this season
The majority of people who died were over the age of 65.
Over 100 people have now died from flu this season
The number who’d died at the start of February stood at 55.
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There’s currently no way to predict what strain of the shape-shifting flu virus could trigger another pandemic.
Just one third of hospital nurses have had the flu jab despite raffles and free coffee incentives
The HSE ran a campaign over the last few months to encourage healthcare workers to get the vaccine.
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And there won’t be enough vaccines or anti-viral drugs to go around, writes Dr Tim Hinchey.
People urged to get flu vaccine after jump in cases of influenza-like illness
People in high-risk groups include pregnant women and those over the age of 65.
Chocolate could encourage nurses to get flu vaccine, committee hears
There was a discussion around what is causing a mistrust of vaccines, which have eradicated many diseases in Ireland.
57 people have died this winter because of the flu
The HSE are urging those at risk to get vaccinated.
There are currently 612 people waiting for beds in Irish hospitals
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) says it sets a new record.
The number of people with the flu doubled during December
There were 46.7 cases per 100,000 people in Ireland suffering last month.
The number of people admitted to hospital with flu has more than doubled in a week
The average age of those admitted is 59.
Flu is 'actively circulating' and on the rise in Ireland
The HSE said that the rate has risen by almost 14%.
Bird flu outbreak prompts chicken cull in Japan
No cases of humans contracting the disease who have eaten poultry or eggs have been recorded.
One swine flu case confirmed at CUH, visitor restrictions imposed
One ward has been closed off at the facility as doctors await the results of tests on seven patients with flu-like symptoms.
Flu outbreak leads to visiting restrictions at Beaumont Hospital
Those suffering from flu-like symptoms should not go to the hospital.
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The WHO say that so far there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.
Vaccine reminder issued as HSE says 1,000 could die in severe flu season
Those in at-risk groups can get the vaccine free-of-charge from their GP or pharmacy.
Visitors warned to stay away from Beaumont Hospital
A total of 187 cases of influenza have been recorded at the hospital – and Beaumont is trying to stop that number from getting any higher.
Public asked to avoid Beaumont Hospital over flu outbreak
At least 113 cases of flu have been recorded at the hospital since the outbreak began last month.
Public asked to avoid visiting Beaumont Hospital
Visiting restrictions are in place in light of a recent outbreak of flu in the hospital.
10th case of new SARS-like virus discovered in UK
The British resident, who had visited the Middle East, is the 10th person worldwide to contract a virus identified last year.
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HSE urges high-risk patients to get flu vaccination
The HSE says flu is now ciruclating, and over 65s, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses should act quickly.
'Get the vaccine, not the flu' urges HSE
The HSE is advising at-risk people to get the flu vaccine as it “can be a very serious illness”.
First ever Irish case of rare virus confirmed
The virus, which is spread to humans by rodents and can be life-threatening, was discovered in a patient at the Mid Western Regional Hospital.
'Hygiene deficits' at nursing home where seven died from flu
A HIQA report also found that there were insufficient staff on duty to cope with the outbreak.
Two die from flu outbreak at Roscommon nursing home
42 of the 76 residents at Drumderrig Private Nursing Home in Boyle have been infected with the A H3 strain of seasonal flu.
Seventh resident from Donegal home dies of flu
Another resident of the private Nazareth nursing home in Buncrana has died from influenza, the seventh to succumb to the disease.