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Child dies from swine flu in Northern Ireland

A child who was diagnosed with swine flu last week has died, the Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland has confirmed.

The child, who attended a special needs school, was one of two people diagnosed with swine flu.

The PHA said children who attend schools for those with severe learning difficulties should receive the flu vaccine as soon as possible.

It said that there is no evidence that the flu is circulating widely, but warned that it is not possible to predict when this may happen. It urged those eligible to get immunised as soon as possible.

This year’s flu vaccine protects against three strains of flu, including the strain H1N1, known as swine flu.

Twenty people died from swine flu in Northern Ireland during last year’s outbreak.

A recent report in the Lancet medical journal said that 70 children in England died from swine flu between June 2009 and March 2010.

You can read about the symptoms of swine flu here.