More hospitalised with flu as death toll rises to 38
Four more people have died from flu this winter bringing the death toll to 38.
The number of confirmed patients hospitalised with the flu and confirmed outbreaks increased last week but overall there is less of the virus circulating.
The GP consultation rates are highest in children and adults aged less than 65 years old.
It is expected to circulate in the community for at least the next three weeks.
The highest hospitalisation rates continue to be seen in those aged less than five years old.
To date this season, 2,083 hospitalised confirmed influenza cases have been reported to Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), the majority due to influenza A.
The highest ICU admission rates were in adults aged 45 years and older and children under five years of age.
It is still not too late to get the flu vaccine and those in high-risk groups are still urged to get vaccinated against influenza.
Meanwhile, the HSE there were 348 patients on an A&E trolley for a bed yesterday morning.
Over the past seven days, there were 2,202 patients on trolleys at 8am across the country, representing a decrease of 19.8pc on the same period last year.
In the week ending February 19 some 25,436 patients attended emergency departments across the country, representing a decrease of 636 patients on the previous week and an increase of 558 patients compared to the same period last year.
Half of patients over 75 got a bed or were discharged in nine hours.