Sunday 20 January 2019

Death toll from winter flu climbs to 92

It has been a particularly severe winter
It has been a particularly severe winter
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The death toll from flu this winter has climbed to 92 - but virus continues to be on the wane.

New figures released today however indicate that based on the official number of fatalities from flu it has been a particularly severe winter.

GP consultations for flu-like illness fell last week to 65.7 per 100,000 population from 72.3 per 100,000 in the previous week.

Those worst affected were children and young teenagers as well as people over 65.

There were 129 confirmed flu cases admitted to critical care units so far this season.

Eleven outbreaks were reported last week.

Influenza B and influenza A (H3N2) are currently the main flu viruses circulating with more influenza B reported.

The HSE said:”Influenza vaccine is available free of charge from GPs for all people in at risk groups, and from pharmacists for everyone in at risk groups aged 18 years and over.

“An administration charge may apply to people who don’t hold medical cards or GP visit cards.”

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