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ACT for Meningitis, the Irish charity for meningitis awareness, is issuing a warning as children and students go back to school and college this September.
A national meningitis charity is urging people to be aware of the symptoms of the condition. There is at least one case of the infection each day in Ireland.
A combination of the change in weather and the recent cuts in fuel allowance and the health budget means it’s more important than ever to be protected against deadly pneumococcal disease. The good news is the Pneumo Flu Vaccination is free for over 65’s and other ‘at risk’ groups.
Ultan Molloy, MPSI, HealthWest Community Pharmacy this week discusses the benefits of a flu vaccination.
The HSE has urged people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza. Flu can be a very serious illness, especially for people who are older or who have a long-term illness.
The HSE is urging parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against measles following a large pan national outbreak of the disease in Europe.
The reduction in frontline medical services has left Galway “on the doorstep of an epidemic”. The claim was made by Senator Fidelma Healy Eames who has expressed concern at the lack of community health doctors in the area, which has led to a reduction in BCG vaccines and development checks in children.
An iPhone application and online service which can monitor children’s vaccination history has been launched this week. The child immunisation tracker was launched to coincide with the World Health Organisation’s European immunisation week.
Staff shortages caused by the Government’s recruitment ban are to blame for the failure to roll out the BCG vaccination programme for newborn babies at University Hospital Galway.
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.