Questions over ‘swine flu’

Jo-Anne Dobson
Jo-Anne Dobson

The reported incidences of Swine Flu has been raised at Stormont by Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson

Mrs Dobson said: “This is a deeply worrying development and with a reported death at Craigavon hospital and potentially upwards of 150 people currently being treated for swine flu across Northern Ireland.

“Given the seriousness of this issue the public must receive the reassurance that robust and urgent action is being taken in response by the Health Service.

“Back in 2009 an outbreak of swine flu killed almost 30 people in Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency (PHA) have confirmed 187 reported cases last month of which 80% were the H1N1 strain - swine flu.”.

Mrs Dobson continued: “I understand that protection against influenza H1N1 is contained within the seasonal flu vaccine, however, I have written to both the Health and Agriculture Ministers to press for greater clarity around the reported incidences which have come about within the last four weeks.”