18 flu related deaths have been reported so far this winter.
HSE Midlands is warning that the risk of flu is still serious for certain members of the public.
18 flu-related deaths have been reported so far this winter - with more expected.
Dr. Douglas Hamilton, public health specialist in the midlands, says the high numbers are due to the winter season starting in November, earlier than usual.
Over-65s are the most at risk group says it's not too late to get the vaccine: