Medical staff not getting flu vaccine leading to hospital outbreaks, says HSE doctor

Medical staff not getting flu vaccine leading to hospital outbreaks, says HSE doctor

A leading figure in the HSE says medical staff not getting the flu vaccine is leading to outbreaks in hospitals.

28 people have died as a result of the flu so far this season, up from 22 on this day last week.

It comes as hospitals have this week seen the highest numbers waiting on trolleys since records began.

Around half of hospital staff got the flu vaccine this season.

The HSE's Dr Kevin Kelleher - Assistant National Director of Health Protection - says the take up needs to be higher.

"I mean, if nobody was being vaccinated in hospitals, flu would fly around hospitals massively." said Dr Kelleher.

"By the very nature of getting staff vaccinated, that reduces the chance for flu to get transmitted around the hospital.

"The more we get people to be vaccinated, the better it will be within our system."

Earlier today, chief executive of the HSE Paul Reid has said he would like to see fewer emergency departments around Ireland.

It would be a policy decision for Government, he told Newstalk Breakfast, but he believes numbers need to be “really assessed.”

Mr Reid said there is a need to strengthen community care to provide some relief to hospitals.

“If we keep doing everything the same as we've been doing it, we'll continue to have the same answer and have an overcrowding issue.”

More on this topic

HSE: 44 deaths from flu so far this seasonHSE: 44 deaths from flu so far this season

Level of outbreaks of flu in emergency departments is 'perturbing'Level of outbreaks of flu in emergency departments is 'perturbing'

Nurses call for major-incident protocol as trolley numbers hit record highNurses call for major-incident protocol as trolley numbers hit record high

Mallow hospital introduces visitor restrictions due to high number of influenza patientsMallow hospital introduces visitor restrictions due to high number of influenza patients


More in this Section

Positive debate needed on possible increase in tuition fees – FosterPositive debate needed on possible increase in tuition fees – Foster

May trial scheduled for councillor accused of blacking out Queen Victoria-related street names in CorkMay trial scheduled for councillor accused of blacking out Queen Victoria-related street names in Cork

Cocaine on all banknotes tested in studyCocaine on all banknotes tested in study

Teachers to strike over ‘pay discrimination scandal’Teachers to strike over ‘pay discrimination scandal’


Lifestyle

The actor knows how to impress when it comes to high profile events.6 times Katie Holmes wowed on the red carpet

Glamour, fun and feathers all feature in this year’s hottest looks – but first and foremost, individual style rules.10 on-trend ways to transform your home in 2020

Abi Jackson shares the enduring appeal of Pooh Bear’s wisdom on Winnie-the-Pooh Day – author A.A. Milne’s birthday.Winnie-the-Pooh Day: The wellbeing lessons we can learn from Pooh Bear

We asked three experts for the low-down on shampooing frequency.How often should you really wash your hair?

More From The Irish Examiner