Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated
Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated
As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine
10 January, 2019, 07:51
Most cases occurred in people under age 65.
H1N1 has been the most common strain of the virus seen so far this season, which experts anticipate will be milder than last year's strain.
An estimated 80,000 people died during the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the CDC. The new policy will take effect this week as the 2018-2019 flu season continues to peak.
The viruses circulating this year are another reason for the milder season.
Kids under the age of five have been particularly vulnerable to the flu virus this year, with a higher rate of confirmed cases based on the percentage of the population.
The 2017/2018 influenza season was considered one of high severity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with high rates of emergency department visits and widespread flu activity over an extended period.
"It's not too late in the season to get your flu shot", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.
As of December 29, New Brunswick had 579 lab-confirmed cases, 577 of them influenza A and two of influenza B. Of those, 71 people were hospitalized, 15 were admitted to the ICU and there were three deaths.
Health officials urged state residents to get flu shots and take precautions during flu seasons, including washing your hands frequently, covering any coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are sick.
Limerick-based Dr Kevin Kelleher, the assistant national director in health protection, said that flu levels are likely to increase over the coming weeks when the flu begins to actively circulate in the community. "The flu shot could save your life".
"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk".
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