Saturday 17 February 2018

Fresh case of swine flu

SWINE flu is back -- the first reported case this autumn has been diagnosed in a young child.

The child, who is under five years of age, had to be hospitalised with the virus, the country's disease watchdog revealed last night.

Another case of influenza A, a common strain, was also reported last week .

A vaccine is now available which protects against all the strains of flu circulating this year, including swine flu.

Last winter there were three deaths among children aged between 5-14 years from swine flu in the Republic.

Children with underlying illnesses are among the risk groups who are advised to get the vaccine in Ireland this winter.

Irish Independent

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