The Health Service Executive has issued a new appeal for anyone who has not received the seasonal flu vaccine to go to their GP to get it.

In a statement, the HSE said the predominant flu virus affecting people this winter is the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

It said there has been a significant rise in people attending GPs and out-of-hours services with flu-like illnesses.

The HSE said in particular pregnant women, people with long-term health conditions, people aged 65 and over, carers and healthcare workers should consider getting the vaccine.