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Just weeks after pharmacies around the country asked people to get the flu vaccine this winter, the HSE has supported this call.

 

The health authority are advising certain groups to make sure they receive the vaccine this winter including those with serious health conditions, the elderly, health care workers and pregnant women.

 

 

The HSE and GP’s are warning of the dangers of the flu virus and how harmful it can be causing severe illness and even in some cases death if not properly treated.

 

The flu can cause up to 1,000 deaths in Ireland every year during the winter season.

 

 

"The flu vaccine is the only defence against flu, yet every year many people in the at risk groups fail to get vaccinated and so put themselves at risk of serious illness or even death," Dr Brenda Corcoran, Head of the HSE's National Immunisation Office told RTE.

 

"Seasonal flu vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and also protects the baby.”

 

 

They are also urging anyone who presents with symptoms like high temperature, sore muscles, headache, cough and sore throat to stay at home.

 

The vaccination is available in GPs and pharmacies around the country and is completely free to those with a Medical Card with an administration charge for those without a card.

 

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