Press Release

Swine Flu update, Thursday, 18th February, 2010.

 

ILI rate:

The Department of Health & Children and the HSE advised today (18th February, 2010) that the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI) for the week ending Sunday 14th February 2010 (week 6, 2010), was 6.2 per 100,000 population. This is a slight decrease from the 6.8 per 100,000 population reported during week 5, 2010.

Age-specific ILI rates:

During week 6, 2010, sentinel GPs reported an ILI rate of 13.3 per 100,000 in the 5-14 year age group, an ILI rate of 5.8 per 100,000 in the 15-64 year age group and an ILI rate of 4.0 per 100,000 in those aged 65 years and older.

22 patients with confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have died to date. There have been no additional deaths reported since last week’s press statement.

We would like to again remind people that the Swine Flu vaccine is being made available to the general population through HSE Clinics nationwide. Anyone in the target groups(detailed below) who has not yet been vaccinated is advised to come to a HSE clinic for their vaccine as soon as possible. In addition, any members of the general public who have not yet received the vaccine may now come to a HSE clinic for swine flu vaccine. 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 1850 24 1850.

Target Groups

  • People with long-term medical conditions like lung and heart disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged from 6 months to 5 years
  • Family members of babies under 6 months (to protect infants who cannot be vaccinated)
  • School children from 5 to 18 years
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Healthcare workers

The HSE is continuing the schools vaccination programme in primary and secondary schools and some HSE clinics in the weeks ahead. Parents are reminded to ensure their child is protected from swine flu, now and in the future.

Pregnant women from 14 weeks to 6 weeks after birth are reminded that vaccination against swine flu is still very important and available through GPs, HSE Clinics and some maternity units. Women who will be in late pregnancy in the autumn, or who are considering becoming pregnant this year, are advised to think ahead and be vaccinated now.