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People aged over 65, pregnant women and residents of nursing homes are some of the at risk group whom the HSE West is urging to get vaccinated against flu this season.
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.
Cancer Care West is a not for profit organisation and registered west of Ireland charity (CHY 11260 ) dedicated to supporting those whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis.
The Department of Health and Children and the HSE this week reminded people to be extra vigilant during the current cold spell and to check on vulnerable people who could be at risk. Cold weather can be a problem for anyone, especially older people, children, people with a disability, and those with long-term illness. The majority of health services around the country are operating as normal despite the adverse weather conditions. Notwithstanding the challenges faced, particularly by community based health services in some of the worst affected areas, services are being provided by the HSE with the support of staff and other agencies.
A new out-patient exercise and education programme designed to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic respiratory disorders has begun at Merlin Park Hospital.
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.