THE HSE has warned that swine flu is with us again this winter and a number of cases have been reported.
This flu virus mainly affects younger people and those with preexisting medical conditions.
Women who are pregnant or have been in the last 6-8 weeks are also particularly at risk.
There has been a major rise in people attending GPs and GP out of hours services with flu-like illnesses. Most people who get the flu are able to self medicate and be looked after at home, with rest and plenty of fluids, as with seasonal flu.
However, this winter some people have been hospitalised as a result of their illness and a small number have been admitted to intensive care units.
The best protection from this virus is the flu vaccine. This year's seasonal flu vaccine also has protection against the virus along with two other potential flu viruses. The seasonal flu vaccine is available from your GP.
Anyone who has not already had the vaccine, particularly pregnant women, people with long term health conditions, people aged 65 and over and their carers and healthcare workers should consider getting the vaccine. This year's seasonal flu vaccination campaign began in September.