Child dies from swine flu in Dublin hospital
A CHILD has died from the swine flu virus in a Dublin hospital, the HSE has confirmed.
Independent.ie understands the child died in Our Ladys Hospital in Crumlin.
The child had been transferred to the intensive care unit from a west of Ireland hospital.
The Health Service Executive confirmed the child's death was a result of contracting the H1N1 flu virus.
A spokeswoman for the HSE said "a child not from the Dublin area died in the last week in a Dublin Hospital having contracted the flu virus HINI
"The ILI flu rates continue to rise and are expected to do so for one to two more weeks.
Those who have not got a vaccine at this stage are encouraged to do so as the vaccine covers the virus that is around at the moment.
If you get the symptoms of flu you should stay at home look after yourself and get in touch with a GP if you think your condition is getting worse," said the spokeswoman..
The HSE said there was no cause for alarm. Sadly, a small number of children lose their lives each year because of influenza.
Swine flu is one of a number of strains of flu which is currently circulating but it can be particularly dangerous for certain groups, including pregnant women.
It was at the centre of a pandemic in 2009 when it claimed a number of lives as there was vaccine for many months to offer protection.
However, it is now included in the winter flu jab and at risk groups are advised to be vaccinated.
Most patients with the flu do not need to be hospitalised but a pregnant women with swine flu are more likely to be admitted and are at greater chance of serious illness from the strain.
Flu levels generally are currently high and have been contributing to the trolley crisis.
For those concerned about contracting a flu-like illness, there are still around 500,000 flu jabs left.
There were 124 confirmed hospitalised cases of flu in the past week, bringing to 344 the total number of hospitalised cases notified in the 2015/2016 flu season .
In total so far this season 45 patients with flu have been admitted to intensive care units.
Nine flu deaths have been reported to the HPSC so far this season.