Press Release

Swine Flu update, Thursday, 14th January, 2010.

ILI rate:

The Department of Health & Children and the HSE advised today (14th January, 2010) that the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI) for the week ending Sunday 10th January 2010 (week 1, 2010), was 21.0 per 100,000 population. This is a small increase from the 15.3 per 100,000 population reported during week 53, 2009 and indicates that the Swine Flu virus is still capable of causing infection. This virus can also result in serious health complications for those with an underlying medical condition.

Age-specific ILI rates:

During week 1, 2010, sentinel GPs reported an ILI rate of 13.7 per 100,000 in the 0-4 year age group, and an ILI rate of 3.7 per 100,000 in the 5-14 year age group.

Estimated number of H1N1 cases:

The estimated number of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 cases in Ireland for week 1 2010 was 1,781.
The cumulative estimated attack rate (%) up to week 1 2010 was 4.9%.

Hospitalised and ICU cases:

1,052 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been hospitalised to date.
Currently, 150 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 remain hospitalised.
90 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been admitted to ICU to date an increase of 3 from week 53 2009.
6 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 currently remain in ICU.
22 patients with confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have died to date. There have been no additional deaths reported since last week’s press statement.

On Monday next, January 18th, a media campaign will begin which will remind people that Swine Flu Vaccine is still available and that it is important that people in the risk groups are protected from this flu.

These are

  • Clinical at risk patients
  • Children under 5
  • School Children aged 5 -18 years
  • Over 65’s
  • Household contacts of Children under 6 months of age
  • Pregnant Women

If you are in one of these groups and haven’t had your free vaccine yet, please arrange to visit a HSE vaccine clinic before February 1st by making an appointment for a vaccination before that date on or by contacting the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850. It is acknowledged that in some areas, adverse weather conditions have impacted on the implementation of this programme, however information on clinic openings will be available from these two sources. Following the Christmas break, the vaccination programme in schools has resumed and parents are asked to make sure their child gets the vaccine and is protected from Swine Flu.

The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has advised that, up to Tuesday, 12th January, 1,018 reports of suspected adverse reactions to the Pandemic H1N1 vaccines (Pandemrix and Celvapan) have been received by the Board. The reports received remain consistent with the expected pattern of adverse effects for the pandemic vaccines. The benefits versus the risks of both vaccines remain positive.