Two children among five people being treated for flu at Wexford hospital
five people are being treated for flu at Wexford General Hospital, four of them suffering from swine flu, the H1N1 virus.
The hospital's clinical director Colm Quigley said three adult patients and two children were being treated, one with influenza B.
Mr Quigley said the figures were not unusual for this time of year.
'We've been reasonably stable, but we always have to keep an eye on the national picture,' he told this newspaper.
The HSE has meanwhile advertised a €1.5 million tender for the supply of flu vaccines 'in the event of a pandemic being declared by the World Health Organisation'.
The contract with a vaccine provider could be drawn down at any time over the next four years, but only if a pandemic is declared, and is intended to ensure Ireland would have an adequate supply of vaccines to provide protection during a flu pandemic, when demand from other countries for supplies would also be high
There have been 15 confirmed deaths and 460 cases where patients were admitted to hospital with flu, according to the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre.