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It is not too late to get your flu vaccination and the HSE is now urging people in high-risk groups to get vaccinated.
The HSE has urged people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza. Flu can be a very serious illness, especially for people who are older or who have a long-term illness.
As of January 4, 2011 there has been an increase in recorded cases of H1N1 influenza (swine flu) and a small number of people have been hospitalised as a result of their illness.
Only 50 per cent of pupils offered the swine flu vaccine in schools have availed of the jab, according to the HSE West.
Clinical testing continues into the Swine Flu vaccine which will be available to the Mayo public in coming months. In all it will take nine months for the vaccine to be administered to the whole community, once it is licensed in Europe.
The HSE and Department of Health announced that the swine flu vaccination programme will commence on November 2. As very few people in Ireland have any immunity to swine flu, over the coming months, the HSE will offer a swine flu vaccine to the entire population.
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.