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The first phase of the HSE Swine Flu Vaccination Campaign was launched on Mondy this week for Longford/ Westmeath. GP practices throughout the counties, with three additional HSE clinics operating in Athlone, Mullingar, and Longford will offer the vaccine to at-risk groups over the next two weeks.
Many people with children over the age of six months and those who are pregnant, are battling with the decision as to whether or not they should let their children or themselves get the swine flu jab.
The rate of swine flu among children is still “extremely high” the HSE West said this week as it prepares to offer the vaccine to this group over the coming weeks and months.
More than 13,000 people have been vaccinated against swine flu in Galway, according to the HSE West.
Parents are being warned not to be complacent about the risks of swine flu because rates among children are still “extremely high”.
The swine flu vaccination clinic at Mayo General Hospital will be open on Mondays and Thursdays only from next Monday, January 18. It is intended that some of the staff from this clinic will be redeployed to work with the school vaccination teams in Mayo.