IT has been one of the worst weeks yet for swine flu. The seemingly inexorable march of the H1N1 virus has seen it infect tens of thousands more of our citizens.
Thankfully, most will recover, but the first death of a pregnant woman with the virus was recorded in the East of the country.
The story of five-year-old Ruby Ayoub, wrongly diagnosed as having swine flu, but who was then found to be suffering from meningitis, also touched the nation's heart.
Hospital staff, young children and those over 65 as well as at risk groups were among those protected against the virus this week as the phased roll-out of the vaccination campaign continued.
There is still a lot of confusion about the vaccine and the need for pregnant women to be vaccinated by their GP or from HSE clinics nationwide.
The vaccine is currently the best defence we have against the pandemic -- and that message needs to sound loud and clear.