Swine Flu update, Thursday, 11th March, 2010.
It is with regret that the Department of Health and Children and the HSE wish to advise that 2 further deaths have been reported from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (Swine Flu). Both patients are adult males from the east of the country with underlying medical conditions. No further details will be made available by either the Department of Health & Children or the HSE. This brings to 24, the total number of patients with confirmed pandemic(H1N1) 2009 that have died to date.
Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health and Children, the Department of Health & Children and the Health Service Executive offer their sympathy to the families of both patients.
The rate of influenza-like illness (ILI) for the week ending Sunday 7th March 2010 (week 9, 2010), was 8.8 per 100,000 population.This is a slight increase from the updated rate of 7.3 per 100,000 population reported during week 8, 2010.
Age-specific ILI rates:
During week 9, 2010, sentinel GPs reported an ILI rate of 12.3 per 100,000 in the 0-4 year age group , an ILI rate of 6.6 per 100,000 in the 5-14 year age group, an ILI rate of 8.9 per 100,000 in the 15-64 year age group and an ILI rate of 7.9 per 100,000 in those aged 65 years and older.
As can be seen the reported rate of Pandemic H1N1 is low and continues to be below the seasonal threshold level, however we would like remind people that the virus can have a serious impact for certain groups. The HSE will, until March 31st 2010, continue to vaccinate schoolchildren and any members of the public who wish to have their free swine flu vaccine. Pregnant women are also still advised to be vaccinated. Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated is advised to come to a HSE clinic for their vaccine as soon as possible as the vaccination programme will cease in just under 3 weeks time.
You can arrange to visit a HSE vaccine clinic by making an appointment for a vaccination on www.swineflu.ie or by contacting the HSE Information Line on 1800 94 11 00.