Zero: The number of flu cases reported in Ireland this winter 11 months ago

Zero: The number of flu cases reported in Ireland this winter

Since September 1,127,236 influenza vaccinations were provided by GPs and Pharmacists.

In a report released by the HSE it shows that there have been no cases of flu in Ireland since October.

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Flu season in Ireland runs from October to April.

In its report, the HSE noted that, "since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, influenza activity globally has remained at low levels."

It also noted that changed behaviours since the start of the pandemic have played a role in the low flu numbers:

"The various hygiene and physical distancing measures implemented by Member States to reduce SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission have likely played a role in reducing influenza virus transmission."

The report shows that European numbers are in line with lower-than-expected flu numbers reported in the Caribbean, South and Central America and in Asia.

The proportion of self-reported cough calls to GP Out-of-Hours services remained high in all age groups.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ireland has had 75,203 cases of Covid-19 resulting in 2,117 deaths.

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