The first confirmed case of influenza in the country this winter, has been detected in Killarney.
Farranfore GP Dr Eamon Shanahan says that while many people have picked up coughs and colds in recent weeks, this is the first actual case of flu to be confirmed.
Influenza is more debilatating than many other respitory conditions that are often mistakenly referred to as ‘the flu’, he says.
Dr Shanahan says it’s not too late to be vaccinated, and those in at-risk groups should get their injection as soon as possible.
While only one case has been confirmed, he says it’s likely that many more will follow in the coming weeks: