Numbers of flu-affected peak in the New Year

HSE says there has been an increase in the number of people being admitted to hospital with flu

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The Health Service Executive (HSE) says there has been an increase in patients being admitted to hospitals with flu.

Up to Christmas, there had been 33 confirmed cases being treated in hospitals, but there has been an increase in the New Year.

Todays Irish Times reports that during the winter of 2014 into 2015, 726 deaths attributable to flu were recorded among older people.