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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: 2°C

# flu season

This year
Public encouraged to get Covid-19 and flu vaccines ahead of winter virus season ‘peak’
The Chief Medical Officer has reminded eligible persons to boost their protection before the respiratory virus season reaches its peak.
Ireland has passed the peak of this year’s 'severe' flu season, according to the CMO
Flu cases have decreased by 48% in the past week.
Last year
Poll: Have you received a flu vaccine this winter?
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre noted a significant uptick in influenza activity last week.
All time
Free flu vaccine programme to be extended to people aged over 50
The expansion of the flu vaccine programme was announced by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly this afternoon
Pregnant women, over 65s and other at-risk groups urged to get flu vaccine
At-risk groups receive the jab free-of-charge.
120,000 doses of children's flu vaccine destroyed due to low uptake, despite 'heavyweight' promotion campaign
The flu vaccine was free for children in Ireland for the first time in 2020.
All 600,000 children's nasal flu vaccine doses will be available by mid-October
All of the 600,000 children’s doses will also be available by this time.
HSE set to face difficult task in reaching flu vaccination targets for healthcare staff
Rates of healthcare worker vaccine uptake, particularly in nursing homes, remain low.
Patients with respiratory illness to be tested for Covid-19 'irrespective of community levels' during flu season
The HSPC also outlined testing recommendations for a number of settings including nursing homes and workplaces.
Winter flu vaccine campaign gears up to prevent 'dual outbreaks' of influenza and Covid-19
For the first time, children aged 2-12 are also entitled to a free flu vaccine.
Covid-19 is worse in cold weather, research suggests
Experts warn that their findings paint a grim picture for the colder weather, when it is thought the disease may re-emerge.
Colds, flus and Covid-19 combined could overwhelm Irish health system this winter, experts warn
Flu season normally puts the Irish health system under strain.
Overcrowding in Cork hospitals leads to cancellation of some surgeries
The overcrowding has been made worse by flu season, according to the HSE.
Dublin and Cork hospitals restrict visitors as they deal with high numbers of patients with flu
Children under 12 are not permitted to visit the hospital, it said today.
Flu season to last another five weeks, HSE warns
There has been a marked increase in flu presentations in comparison to last year.
'Significant' increase in the number of over-75s attending emergency departments
There has been marked increase in general in the number of people attending EDs and being admitted to hospital compared to the same time last year.
There's a 'significant' 11.8% increase in the number of people on trolleys this winter
“200 more people a day tend an Emergency Department now than when I became Minister for Health,” Harris claimed today.
Over 100 people are expected to die of the flu this season
Half of those attending Emergency Departments have the flu or are presenting with flu-like symptoms.
From vaccines to sneezing etiquette: Here’s how to get through the flu season
Did you know that you can get the flu vaccine in some pharmacies for as little as €20
HSE urges public to get flu vaccine as data shows annual flu season could hit 'within weeks'
The executive briefed the media on the latest update on its ‘winter plan’ today.
34 people have died from the flu so far this season
The majority of people who died were over the age of 65.
'Patient safety takes priority': Calls to make flu jab mandatory for frontline health workers
Anyone who refuses is recommended to wear a mask or be assigned elsewhere, according to a new report by the Royal College of Physicians.
34 people have died so far from the flu this season
The number of cases of flu continued to rise over the past week.
Here's what you need to know about the flu going around
With the various strains of flu going around you can likely get sick multiple times if you haven’t been vaccinated.
Seven people have died from flu this winter as medics warn people to take care
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said 341 people were admitted to hospital for flu in the last two weeks of 2016.
More beds and help from the private sector: How the HSE plans on beating overcrowding
Outbreaks of flu and the vomiting bug have put added pressure on the health service.
15 tweets that everyone in the throes of cold season will relate to
* Stuffs tissue up nose*.
Scientists look at weather to predict illness outbreaks
Data from various weather events beginning to help predict conditions in which a disease will flourish.