30th November, 2018
People throughout the South East are being reminded to to get the seasonal flu vaccine, if they haven’t done so already.
South East Community Healthcare delivers Primary Care (including community services), Social care (including services for disabilities and older people), Mental Health and Health and Wellbeing in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. The organisation’s Chief Officer, Mr. TJ Dunford has re-iterated the HSE’s national appeal for a take-up of the vaccine:
“We are encouraged by the increased take-up of the vaccine this year and thanks to our own staff and the general public for their support. We would be anxious, however, to re-iterate the message to as many people as possible that if you can’t get the flu, then you can’t spread the flu.”
“Many people are vulnerable to the life-threatening complications of flu – like those with long-term illnesses and conditions, pregnant women and anyone aged 65 and over.”
“Last year, there were 1,900 confirmed cases of flu across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. 36% of those were hospital in-patients, with the remainder occurring among people living in the community. 45 people died from flu related illness in the South East last year. The flu vaccine is available free to those working for the health services (from the HSE) – in addition to being available from local GPs or pharmacists.”
For further information, see www.hse.ie/flu.
Issued by Fiachra Ó Céilleachair,
HSE/South East Community Healthcare (CHO 5),
St. Otteran's Hospital, Waterford, tel: 051 84 8681
Last updated on: 30 / 11 / 2018