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A special talk exploring the devastating impact of the Spanish Flu outbreak in Mayo 100 years ago, will take place on Tuesday, September 11at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar, County Mayo.
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life threatening in people with long term medical conditions, those aged 65 years and over, and pregnant women. Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. A cold is usually a less severe illness, that starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose and is usually mild compared to the flu.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has joined the HSE in urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza, warning that flu causes severe illness and death in Ireland every year.
The chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum is calling for the health authority to re-open free swine flu vaccination clinics for the general population amid fears that the numbers contracting the virus will continue to rise.
All school children will have been offered the swine flu vaccination by the completion of the programme in the west at the end of the month, according to the HSE West.
The swine flu vaccination clinic at Merlin Park University Hospital will operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays only from Wednesday February 24.
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.
An adult male and a child - the first swine flu cases in the west - recently returned from New York, it was confirmed this week.
Two cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the west according to the HSE.