HSE again urge people in high-risk groups to get flu vaccine

The HSE has again urged members of the public in high-risk groups to get flu vaccine.

It comes as the health body say we may have hit the peak of the flu season. The HSE had been predicting the virus would reach its highest levels next week but a surge in cases last week means the situation could be as bad as it’s going to get.

The outbreak has added huge pressure to hospital Emergency Departments leaving hundreds of patients on trolleys – today that figure stands at 473. Dr Paul Kavanagh from HSE in Cavan and Monaghan outlined the difference between the common cold and the flu.

He also had this advice for people with flu-like-symptoms.

Meanwhile, hospitals servicing the Northern Sound region are also under pressure with 50 people waiting on trolleys today.

24 people are on trolleys in Drogheda, with another 8 at Sligo University Hospital. 15 people are awaiting for a bed in Navan – while three people are waiting on trolleys in Cavan Hospital, according to the INMO.