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Ultan Molloy, MPSI, HealthWest Community Pharmacy this week discusses the benefits of a flu vaccination.
In 1941, the deadly Foot and Mouth disease spread rapidly through parts of County Kilkenny, including the Callan district. It especially threatened the Modeshill area in neighbouring County Tipperary.
Mayo has been swamped with cold and flu viruses so far this year as cold weather continues to take its toll on our immune systems. However a cure for the common cold and flu might just be easier than you think.
We are now experiencing our annual seasonal flu season and, as had been expected, this year the predominant flu virus is the H1N1 virus also known as swine flu. This flu virus mainly affects younger people and those with pre-existing medical conditions; women who are pregnant or have been in the last six to eight weeks are also particularly at risk.
As of January 4, 2011 there has been an increase in recorded cases of H1N1 influenza (swine flu) and a small number of people have been hospitalised as a result of their illness.
The chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum is calling for the health authority to re-open free swine flu vaccination clinics for the general population amid fears that the numbers contracting the virus will continue to rise.
It is not too late for people who may be at risk of catching the flu to get the flu vaccine from their local GP, Dep Noel Treacy has pointed out this week. The east Galway TD has urged anyone at risk of contracting flu to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Four out of five dairy herds in Mayo could be positive for the highly infectious viral disease infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, according to the results of a survey carried out by leading veterinary practitioner Pat Kirwan.
As children headed back to school this week, parents in the west are becoming increasingly concerned about the threat of swine flu.
Younger people, those with an underlying illness, pregnant women and people who are obese are the groups who are likely to become most seriously ill and among whom most deaths may be recorded from swine flu, a local health expert revealed this week.