HSE urges eligible people to get vaccinated amid rise in Winter viruses

The HSE are urging eligible people to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 urgently amid concern over an expected imminent rise in winter viruses.

They say this is particularly important for people with long term health conditions and healthcare workers (HCWs).

Dr Carmel Mullaney, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Department of Public Health HSE Dublin and South East said: “We are concerned that the uptake of the vaccines so far remains low, and that this may have a serious impact on public health in the coming weeks and months. This is a call to action for all healthcare workers, service staff and colleagues who still haven’t had their recent vaccinations.”

Our hospitals are already feeling pressure from a significant level of RSV, particularly our paediatric services. The winter in the southern hemisphere saw very high levels of flu, and this adds to the concern about our own winter. We are already seeing early signs that flu levels are rising and we expect it to be reaching its peak from mid-December and into January. COVID-19 levels are currently stable but we are seeing people seriously ill with COVID-19, including in our ICUs now, and around half of those have not received boosters in the last six months.”

“There is still time for people to get their vaccines, it takes around two weeks for the vaccines to take effect so now is the time to act. Our immunity wanes and we need to make sure we have been topped up.”

“We know the lower the vaccination uptake, the more people we will see in our hospitals, people who could otherwise be at home.  We will see busier hospitals and increased pressure on services and staff. I am urging everyone eligible, including healthcare workers and all staff, to avail of the winter vaccines. We have reached a point where uptake needs to increase urgently to protect yourselves, and in doing so, your loved ones and our health service.”

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