HSE figures show rise in flu cases

Friday 21 February 2014 15.17
People who have not had the flu vaccine have been encouraged to get it
People who have not had the flu vaccine have been encouraged to get it

The level of influenza circulating continues to increase, according to the Health Service Executive's Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

Doctors are seeing around 42 cases for every 100,000 people - double the normal baseline rate.

While influenza is being seen in all age groups, the highest rates are being seen in those aged 5-14 and 15-64.

There have been 118 people hospitalised with influenza this season, with 34 of those in the week to 16 February.

Eight influenza-associated deaths have been reported this season.

Six acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to the HPSC last week.

All of them were in residential care facilities, long-stay units or community hospitals.

Some hospitals have imposed visitor restrictions due to circulating influenza.