THE NUMBER of people who have died from flu in Ireland since the outbreak have increased to 55, it has emerged.
The numbers have increased from last week when the Health Service in Ireland said that 34 people since the flu season started in December.
It's believed that under 10 of the deceased are children, according to Director of Public Health South East, Dr John Cuddihy.
According to The Irish Mirror, Dr Cuddihy said it’s likely that the flu season will last for “a further nine to 10 weeks before it completely disappears."
Since the flu outbreak, there have been 1,785 people admitted to hospital for the illness and 920 of those patients were over the age of 65.
The number of those in hospital for the illness is up by 10%, compared to the same week last year.
Dr Cuddihy said that it’s important that people who are most at risk continue to get the vaccine including those over 65, pregnant women, people with preexisting health conditions and health workers.