Doctors have warned today that a bad flu season could see up to 1,000 people die in Ireland this winter.
Speaking today at the launch of the HSE flu awareness campaign, experts said that this year could see a particularly high number of flu deaths - writes buzz.ie.
Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director for Health Protection, said that while it is difficult to predict just how bad a flu outbreak can be, this year is expected to hit hard.
Approximately 200-500 people die from influenza in Ireland a year.
The HSE are encouraging people to get their flu vaccines to help prevent the outbreak of the virus from being too severe.
Dr Kelleher said that due to the unpredictability of the flu, we could be facing a bad season and that it was advisable to get the flu vaccine where possible.
The flu vaccine fights three strains of influenza that are recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)as the strains most likely to be active this season.