There has been an increase in the number of cases of flu in recent weeks.
The latest influenza surveillance report from the HPSC states
Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 is the predominant circulating virus in the 2018/2019 season to date, with low numbers of influenza A(H3N2) and Influenza B also detected this season.
You can get protection against these strains by getting the flu vaccine.
Dr Lucy Jessop, Director National Immunisation Office reminds us that
It’s not too late to get your seasonal flu vaccine if you are in at risk group. I recommend you contact your GP, Pharmacy, Occupational Health Department or Peer Vaccinator today and get vaccinated it’s your best shot for preventing flu
The recommendations for flu vaccine have not changed. The flu vaccine is recommmended if you
- are 65 years of age and over
- are pregnant
- have a long-term health condition
- work in healthcare
- are a carer
- live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
- in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl
More information is available from www.hse.ie/flu
This page was added 8 January 2019