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Dublin: 16 °C Monday 10 August, 2020

57 people have died this winter because of the flu

The HSE are urging those at risk to get vaccinated.

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FIFTY-SEVEN DEATHS have been linked with the flu virus this winter.

The majority of those who died were aged 65 years and older, according to a surveillance report from Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC).

The rate of deaths is still increasing, despite the overall rate of flu in Ireland decreasing.

For nine consecutive weeks, the rate of people with the flu virus has been higher than what is considered standard.

  • Current rate:  25 cases per 100,000
  • ‘Medium intensity’ rate: 59 cases per 100,000
  • Normal/standard rates: 18 cases per 100,000

The current strain of influenza particularly affects those aged 65 years and older. This particular form of flu is preventable by receiving a vaccine, which takes effect after two weeks and can last up to six months.

Other at risk groups, including children with chronic diseases, pregnant women and healthcare workers, are listed on the HSPC site.

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The HSE advises that if you feel you’ve picked up the flu and you’re not in the risk group, usually you do not need to see your doctor or attend an emergency department as most flu can be treated at home.

It is advised that you drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating, to get lots of rest and eat healthily.

Read: The flu has caused 29 deaths and 835 hospitalisations this winter and will remain for up to four weeks

Read: Seven people have died from flu this winter as medics warn people to take care

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