Newstalk
Newstalk

13.53 7 Jan 2018


Share this article


With schools around the country set to reopen tomorrow there are calls for fresh efforts to protect children and teachers from the flu.

Fianna Fáil has called on the government to provide the flu vaccine free of charge to teachers, SNAs and other school staff.

The party’s education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has said principals have expressed concern over the potential impact the virus could have on the upcoming term.

“I’m calling for the Government to provide the flu vaccine to teachers, SNAs and ancillary school staff free of charge,” he said.

“Already principals are telling me that they are hearing from staff who are going to be out sick next week because of the flu.

“Substitute teachers are really, really difficult to find so this is not just a health situation but very much an education situation as well.”

"Not too late"

He has insisted it is “not too late” to administer the vaccine and achieve effective results.

He said it is essential that staff are protected “as best as possible” to ensure that “the whole system will not suffer under the weight of this particular flu episode that is going around the country at the moment.”

Guidelines

Meanwhile the Social Democrats have called on the HSE to offer clear guidance to schools on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

The party’s spokesperson on children, Councillor Jennifer Whitmore, says many parents have voiced real concern over the potential impact on their children’s health.

“The HSE has said it expects a leap in the numbers of people with flu when schools go back,” she said.

“Clear and comprehensive public information must be made available so that parents, schools and crèches are aware of how to prevent the spread of flu and how to recognise symptoms in order to stop the illness from spreading in our communities.”

The HSE recorded a spike in flu-like illnesses over the last two weeks of 2017.


Share this article


Read more about

News

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

DOWN TO BUSINESS

DOWN TO BUSINESS

10:00-12:00

Share

Up next

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

12:00-13:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

13:00-18:00

Share

THE PICTURE SHOW

THE PICTURE SHOW

18:00-19:00

Share

TED RADIO HOUR

TED RADIO HOUR

19:00-20:00

Share

The Peter Casey Report

The Peter Casey Report

20:00-21:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

21:00-22:00

Share

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP.

YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP.

22:00-22:30

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

22:30-23:30

Share

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

23:30-00:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF

FUTUREPROOF

00:00-00:15

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:15-07:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

07:00-08:00

Share

BETWEEN THE LINES

BETWEEN THE LINES

08:00-09:00

Share

BOBBY'S LATE BREAKFAST

BOBBY'S LATE BREAKFAST

09:00-11:00

Share

ON THE RECORD

ON THE RECORD

11:00-13:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on