Former Galway All Star defender Sean Treacy is urging health care workers to get the flu vaccine this winter.
In a video launched at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore yesterday, the Portumna clubman tells of spending 10 days in an induced coma following multi-organ failure after he contracted a strain of influenza five years ago.
Healthcare workers are up to 10 times more likely to get the flu than the general population.
“I nearly died, I was very lucky,” he said.
“People say that they have the flu, they don’t, they have a cold, and I know how serious the flu can be. If I could save one life from sharing my story today, that is a job well done.”
The flu vaccine has been available from hospitals, GPs and pharmacists since early October.
Video credit: HSE Ireland
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