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Swine Flu Update

Friday, 11 September 2009


In studio today we have Dr Pat Doorley is the National Director of Population Health. He is supported by seven Assistant National Directors.The Directorate aims to support the HSE over time to become a population health organisation i.e. one which sees itself as being accountable for improving health outcomes and health status.


Dr. Pat Doorley, National Director of Population Health, HSE

Dr Pat Doorley is the National Director of Population Health. He is supported by seven Assistant National Directors.The Directorate aims to support the HSE over time to become a population health organisation i.e. one which sees itself as being accountable for improving health outcomes and health status.

HSE Swine Flu info line . 1800941100

According to the Daily Mail at yesterdays Swine Flu briefing officials refused to reveal how many schools are affected. Dr. Kevin Kelleher said, "There have been a number varying in size and we've been dealing with those in the schools."

This protocol is as follows:-
. The child will be taken out of the class and the school will contact the parents to let them know their child is displaying symptoms.
. School will ask if the parents would like to contact their GP or the school will offer to do it for them
. School will watch other pupils in the class closely for symptoms
. If many pupils begin to display symptoms a public health team will respond quickly. They will enter the school to assess symptoms.

According to the HSE the most recent statistics were released yesterday. So how is Ireland coping with Swine Flu?
There has been no increase in the rate of reported cases since the outbreak. Health officials this week have been encouraging the public to get the vaccine as soon as it's made available to them. Two more people have been admitted to intensive care this week and six remain there. They are among 24 people now hospitalised with Swine Flu.

The highest rate of illness last week was in the 15 - 19 age group. The total break down was,

. One case in a child under four
. Eleven in the age group of 5 - 14
. Sixty eight people in the age group 15 - 64
. Three people over 65.

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