Swine Flu Update
Friday, 2 October 2009
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Dr Fenton Howell, HSE
All of the below information can be found on the HSE website: http://www.hse.ie/eng/swineflu/
Two more people have died from human swine flu, according to the HSE.
One was a female adult from the west of the country who had an underlying medical condition.
The other death involved an adult female in the eastern region who also had an underlying medical condition.
Four people so far have died from the virus in Ireland.
In August a young woman with an underlying health condition and a man in his 50's with no apparent underlying condition died.
Meanwhile, the HSE has asked General Practitioners to participate in a national campaign offering the human swine flu vaccine to at-risk patients.
Each GP is being asked to identify all clinical at-risk patients aged from 6 months to 65 years, who should get the vaccine in two doses, at three weeks apart for each dose.
400,000 patients are estimated to be in the at-risk category.
In a letter to the country's GPs today, the HSE has appealed to doctors to participate in this once off public health measure and they will be paid €10 for each of the two shots required.
The HSE hopes to have an indication next week of the percentage of GPs who are prepared to participate.
One of the vaccines, Pandemerix has now been licensed for use and a limited number of batches will become available next week for administration.
A PIGGERY in Kilworth, north Cork, has been identified as the location of the first case of the pandemic H1N1 swine flu in pigs in the Republic of Ireland.
A report from the Department of Agriculture to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) in Paris identified the site as a breeding unit containing 650 sows and 2,400 piglets and weaners.
The OIE said the pigs were being monitored as high-risk following confirmation of the virus in a worker on September 22nd. The worker tended the pigs from September 15th-18th while sick
On Tuesday, the European Commission authorised two H1N1 swine flu vaccines - one of which is to be used in Ireland - paving the way for mass vaccinations before the start of the flu season.
The two drugs are Pandemrix, which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is to be used in this State, and Focetria, which is manufactured by Novartis
THE HEALTH Service Executive has urged those over the age of 65 years and others with chronic conditions to get the seasonal flu vaccine now.
The annual flu jab, available at family doctor surgeries, should be sought immediately and should ideally be got out of the way before swine flu vaccines become available for administration next month.