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Younger people, those with an underlying illness, pregnant women and people who are obese are the groups who are likely to become most seriously ill and among whom most deaths may be recorded from swine flu, a local health expert revealed this week.
The Health Service Executive this week reminded everyone at risk of annual influenza this winter to ‘Get the vaccine, not the flu’. This year, because of the swine flu pandemic there will be two vaccination campaigns, firstly one for the seasonal flu and later on, one for the swine flu vaccine.
The Health Service Executive West is urging those aged over 65 years and younger people with long term illnesses, such as asthma, heart problems, etc, to avail of the seasonal flu vaccine now.
This week Bernie Fahy, the skin specialist, examines the causes and treatment of acne.
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.
World Health Organisation figures for 2007 estimate there are 300 million asthma sufferers worldwide, and mortality rates are on the rise.
Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe has again scooped the “Baby Friendly Hospital” award.
The Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar has been rewarded with a €2.3 million boost in its budget, after it was named as most efficient in the country under the ‘casemix’ system.