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The swine flu vaccination programme is moving into its final phase, where it is now being made available to the general population through HSE clinics nationwide.
The Swine Flu vaccination clinic at Mayo General Hospital is now opening on Mondays only. There will be no clinic on Thursday February 11. It is intended that some of the staff from this clinic will be redeployed to work with the school vaccination teams in County Mayo.
Only 50 per cent of pupils offered the swine flu vaccine in schools have availed of the jab, according to the HSE West.
The HSE Dublin Mid Leinster has reminded those at risk of influenza this winter to 'Get the vaccine, not the flu!'.
Labour Councillor Michael O’ Brien said that the HSE appeal on the flu virus should be taken very seriously.
It is not too late for people who may be at risk of catching the flu to get the flu vaccine from their local GP, Dep Noel Treacy has pointed out this week. The east Galway TD has urged anyone at risk of contracting flu to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
The HSE has issued advice to businesses in Ireland regarding planning for Swine flue or the Influenza (H1N1) pandemic.
There have been 53 confirmed cases of swine flu in the HSE west region. The area covers from Donegal down to Limerick and across to Tipperary. Eight four per cent of cases have presented in people less than 35 years of age.
Strict visitor restrictions are in place in St Luke’s General Hospital for Carlow/Kilkenny, in an effort to protect patients and staff and prevent further spread of swine flu.
Fine Gael TD, John O’Mahony, has called for the relaxation of the licensing regulation rules that govern the availability of medicine in Ireland to allow for the speedier distribution of the swine flu vaccination.