Press Release

Swine Flu update, Thursday, 7th January, 2010.


ILI rate:

The Department of Health & Children and the HSE advised today (7th January, 2010) that the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI) for the week ending Sunday 3rd January 2010 (week 53, 2009), was 16.5 per 100,000 population. This rate is a decrease from the 21.2 per 100,000 population reported during week 52, 2009.

Age-specific ILI rates:

During week 53, 2009, sentinel GPs reported an ILI rate of 7.0 per 100,000 in the 0-4 year age group, and an ILI rate of 26.4 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 53 2009 was 919.
The cumulative estimated attack rate (%) up to week 53 2009 was 4.8%.

Hospitalised and ICU cases:

1,043 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been hospitalised to date.
Currently, 148 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 remain hospitalised.
87 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have been admitted to ICU to date.
– Since week ending December 20, 2009, no further Adults have been admitted to ICU
– Since week ending December 13, 2009, no further Children have been admitted to ICU
9 cases of confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 currently remain in ICU.
22 patients with confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 have died to date. There has been no additional deaths reported since last week’s press statement.

While the rates outlined above show a sharp decrease and are now below the season flu threshold ( the season flu threshold indicates when the seasonal flu season is declared), the Department and the HSE continue to urge everyone in the risk groups detailed below to get vaccinated to further protect against future cases of this infection and a possible second wave of the disease.

  • 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

Appointments can be made for a Vaccination Clinic, or further information obtained, on or by contacting the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850.

The vaccine programme has resumed this week, however the current adverse weather conditions has impacted on the implementation of this programme. The HSE has advised that over 700,000 people have been vaccinated to date and this is broken down as follows:

  • 250,000 through GP’s (Note due to time lag on GP returns, actual figure may be higher)
  • 356,000 in HSE Clinics
  • 46,000 through schools
  • 45,000 Health Care Workers

The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has advised that, up to Wednesday 6th January, 944 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 remains positive.