Monday August 3, 2020

IMO says government should provide flu jab for all citizens

A second wave of Covid-19 combined with normal seasonal flu cases could cripple the health system

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

@danieltmurray
26th July, 2020
Susan Clyne, chief executive of the IMO, said a second wave of Covid-19 alongside a surge in flu cases would be catastrophic for the health system Picture: RollingNews.ie

A “total population” flu vaccination programme should be rolled out to take pressure off the health system in the autumn and winter months, according to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).

Influenza is responsible for between 200 and 500 deaths each year in Ireland, but in a severe season it can cause up to 1,000 deaths. Last year, the Health Service Executive (HSE) procured 1.2 million vaccines for the adult population.

This year it is expected to procure...

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