Winter general health advice from a medical director

Winter general health advice from a medical director


Chief Medical Officer, Professor Breda Smith, urged the public to stay healthy by preparing for winter amid the current surge in COVID-19 infections in the community.

There were 405 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in hospital this morning, which increased by 23% from 329 cases last week on September 28 and by 74% from 233 cases on September 14. We have seen an average of 60 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 per day that have been observed in the past seven days. Not all cases of COVID-19 have been admitted to the hospital because of their infection, but each additional patient with the COVID virus increases the strain on our hospital system as we enter what is expected to be a very busy period.

As of September 27, nearly 70% of cases hospitalized for COVID-19 were 65 years of age or older, and of these, more than one in four had not completed the initial COVID-19 vaccine course and about two One in five have not yet received a booster vaccine.

Scientific data tells us that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines wanes over time, so it’s important to keep up with your vaccination schedule and make sure you receive a booster dose as soon as you are eligible.

HSE has started giving COVID-19 booster and flu shots. This is a great opportunity to increase the protection offered by the COVID-19 vaccines while also receiving protection from the influenza virus. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines are available from participating doctors and pharmacies and can be given at the same time. If you have not yet received an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can arrange to do so while also getting the flu shot.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, it is important that you self-isolate for 48 hours after your symptoms have substantively or completely resolved. Please, do not attend any social events, work, school or college if you have symptoms.

Notes

Book a first-time booster appointment at www.hse.ie If you are 12 years old or older.

People aged 50-64 years, pregnant women (from 16 weeks), health care workers, and people 12 years of age or older who have a condition that puts them at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (for example, diabetes or heart disease) are now eligible to enroll in their second COVID-19 booster vaccine.

People age 65 or older and people age 12 or older who have a weakened immune system are now eligible to register for the third booster dose.

It’s never too late to receive an initial course of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines remain the most effective way to protect ourselves from the worst effects of COVID-19.

Book a first-time booster appointment at www.hse.ie If you are 12 years old or older.

People over 50 years of age, pregnant women (from 16 weeks), health care workers, people 12 years of age or older who have a condition that puts them at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or who have a weakened immune system, They are now eligible to register for the second COVID-19 booster vaccine.

It’s never too late to receive an initial course of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines remain the most effective way to protect ourselves from the worst effects of COVID-19.

The flu vaccine is available free of charge to pregnant women, anyone 65 or older, those with a long-term health condition, and health care workers.

Beginning October 17, the flu shot for children with a flu shot will be available free of charge to all children ages 2 to 17 from GPs and pharmacies.

For children ages 5 to 11 who have not had the primary COVID-19 vaccine, and for those with a weakened immune system due to a booster dose, appointments at HSE vaccination centers are available by making an appointment at www.hse.ie.


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