Cases of human swine flu continue to rise, with over 9,200 diagnosed in the past week, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health & Children.

It compares with 7,000 reported cases last week.

While there have been no further deaths, 109 people remain in hospital with the virus, of which 23 are in intensive care.

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan has said that an increased number of swine flu cases are being seen in children up to the age of 14 years.

The Health Service Executive has also confirmed that the national vaccination campaign for people at-risk will start on Monday.

It will include people with chronic lung, heart, kidney or liver disease, those with diabetes or neurological conditions and pregnant women.

The HSE says that over 2,100 GPs have agreed to take part in the vaccination programme.

The HSE is also setting up 45 clinics around the country where people can be vaccinated if their local doctor is not providing the service.