Dr Rosemary Geller, Jersey’s Medical Officer of Health, said that the Island is now on the brink of a sustained surge in cases after the number of people being struck down more than doubled in the past week.
Twenty-four new cases were diagnosed last week – compared to just nine in the previous week and five in the first week of October.
And the department believes that swine flu is now spreading between Islanders for the first time since the disease arrived in Jersey in June.
Health care staff and pregnant women will continue to be offered the swine flu vaccine this week
A flu helpline which offers general information about the disease is available on 445566 from Monday to Friday, between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.