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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Three cases of the flu confirmed last week in Ireland

Three more cases of the flu were confirmed in Ireland last week, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s (HPSC) weekly report on the flu, which currently remains at low levels.

In the past six weeks, the HPSC has not been notified of any hospital or critical care cases involving the flu.

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No cases of the flu were reported last year as a result of Covid-19 measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing and lockdowns.

According to the HSPC, “sporadic” influenza detections at a low level have been reported in recent weeks throughout Europe.

This comes as the HSE recently launched its winter flu vaccination programme which is expected to be expanded this year.

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The programme will now be open to children aged 2 to 17 years old and will be available through a nasal spray.

The World Health Organisation has advised countries to remain vigilant of the flu and be prepared for co-circulation of Covid-19 and the flu this winter.

IMAGE – Twitter/paulreiddublin

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