Wednesday 18 July 2018

Over 100 people have died from flu this winter - HSE

The latest HSE report says that the level of activity is 'one of the highest' since monitoring began

It has been a particularly severe winter
It has been a particularly severe winter
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The death toll from flu this winter has climbed to 102 and the latest HSE report says that the level of activity is 'one of the highest' since monitoring began.

New figures released today show that hospitalisation figures remain high, with those aged 65 or older reporting the highest levels.

The latest figures show 2,889 cases of hospitalisation due to influenza have been reported to the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) this winter.

Of those, 413 were in the last week.

To date, 102 flu-related deaths have been reported to the HPSC.

The median age of those who died of flu-related illness is 80.

They say that two strains of the virus, Influenza B and A (H3N2), are circulating at high levels while another, Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, is circulating at a lower level.

This is now the seventh successive week of high levels of influenza activity, which the HPSC say is one of the highest reported levels since they began monitoring it in 2000.

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