Concern grows about rate of swine flu infection in young children

Concern grows about rate of swine flu infection in young children

The Department of Health says it is concerned about the rate of swine flu infection among children aged less than five.

The rate of infection in this group last week was 113 per 100,000 of the population compared with 36 per 100,000 in the 5-14 year age group.

The HSE says young children are more at risk of being hospitalised from flu complications and its urging parents of children in this age group to have them vaccinated.

Currently there are 150 people with swine flu in hospital - 10 are being treated in intensive care.

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