It stated: “Seven confirmed influenza cases died and were notified to HPSC this season to date.
“Overall, influenza activity in Ireland during weeks 51 and 52 2016 (up to the week ending January 1, 2017).
“Influenza A(H3) is the predominant influenza virus circulating this season.
“Confirmed influenza hospitalisations and influenza outbreaks are currently at high levels and are continuing to increase, with those aged 65 years and older most affected.
“Respiratory admissions reported from a sentinel hospital network were at very high levels.
“It is recommended that antivirals be considered for the treatment or prevention of influenza in high risk groups.”
There were 341 cases of flu in the last two weeks of 2016. The epidemic has put a huge strain on hospitals, with a record high number of people lying on trolleys and hospitals in ‘crisis’.
This week former Government Minister and GP Dr Jim McDaid advised that school’s remain closed to prevent further outbreak.
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