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Child dies from swine flu in Dublin hospital

By Eilish O'Regan

A child has died from the swine flu virus in a Dublin hospital, the Republic's health authority has confirmed.

It is understood the child died in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

The child had been transferred to the intensive care unit from a west of Ireland hospital.

Swine flu is one of a number of strains of flu which is currently circulating but it can be particularly dangerous for certain groups, including pregnant women.

It was at the centre of a pandemic in 2009 when it claimed a number of lives as there was vaccine for many months to offer protection.

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However, it is now included in the winter flu jab and at risk groups are advised to be vaccinated.

Most patients with the flu do not need to be hospitalised but a pregnant women with swine flu are more likely to be admitted and are at greater chance of serious illness from the strain.

Flu levels generally are currently high in the Republic and have been contributing to the trolley crisis.

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