INFLUENZA experts yesterday claimed the death toll from seasonal flu is almost as high as if Ireland were in the grip of a pandemic. Professor Graeme Laver, a worldwide authority on flu, said Ireland was preoccupied with a pandemic, but seemed to ignore the fact that routine flu was killing almost as many people.
“I don’t think many people would realize that 1,000 Irish people could die in the space of a month this winter and the deaths would be regarded as a simple case of seasonal flu, but that’s the fact,” he said.  Irish Examiner