The Health Service Executive has said that the flu season has "almost certainly" peaked.  

At a media briefing today, Dr Kevin Kelleher said that the flu season this year is different from last year.

He said it came later, and is "nowhere near as intense".

For nearly three weeks in row, there has been a drop in the number of flu cases.

However, Joe Ryan, Interim National Director of National Services for the HSE said that there is always a possibility of a second flu peak in a year.

He said attendances at Emergency Departments were up significantly on the same period last year and quite a number of those were down to other respiratory infections rather than flu.

Mr Ryan said that flu, as a proportion of overall respiratory attendances, was "relatively small".

This winter season, flu related cases amounted to 1,066 hospital admissions and 65 cases being admitted to the ICU.

There were also 25 deaths in the 2018/2019 flu season to date.