Ireland is currently experiencing a flu wave and the effects of respiratory infections are having a serious impact on our hospital emergency rooms.
The Department of Health have issued guidelines to ask the public to continue to safeguard both themselves against winter viruses which are contagious and easily spread from person to person. The general public is urged to help stop the spread of infection by using good respiratory hygiene, washing their hands, wearing masks on public transportation and in crowded places, and, whenever possible, ensuring good ventilation.
Those who have developed any fresh flu-like symptoms should also stay inside to prevent infecting others who may be more susceptible.
Chief Medical Officer Prof Breda Smyth said:
“As schools and childcare facilities re-open after the Christmas break, I am urging parents to be vigilant for symptoms of respiratory viruses in children.”
This year’s ‘flu season has not yet peaked, and there is still time for people to avail of a protective vaccine which takes two weeks to become fully effective.
Prof Smyth continued:
“I would also encourage people to keep up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and please make an appointment for a booster if you are eligible.”
The Department of Health have also released a video statement covering the topic which can be accessed here.