Wednesday 7 December 2016

Take no chances on flu, be sure to get vaccine

Published 06/02/2016 | 02:30

Doctors are rightly encouraging people to get vaccinated, even at this stage. While there is no cause for alarm, it would be unwise to ignore symptoms. Contact a GP if there is any doubt. Photo: PA
Doctors are rightly encouraging people to get vaccinated, even at this stage. While there is no cause for alarm, it would be unwise to ignore symptoms. Contact a GP if there is any doubt. Photo: PA

The death of a five-year-old boy from swine flu is truly heartbreaking. According to the HSE, flu rates continue to rise and will do for at least two more weeks.

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Doctors are rightly encouraging people to get vaccinated, even at this stage. While there is no cause for alarm, it would be unwise to ignore symptoms. Contact a GP if there is any doubt. Carers should be especially mindful of small children, older people and pregnant women.

The incidence of the virus, while not on the scale of the 2009 pandemic, is none the less concerning.

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