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The swine flu vaccination programme is moving into its final phase, where it is now being made available to the general population through HSE clinics nationwide.
The Swine Flu vaccination clinic at Mayo General Hospital is now opening on Mondays only. There will be no clinic on Thursday February 11. It is intended that some of the staff from this clinic will be redeployed to work with the school vaccination teams in County Mayo.
Only 50 per cent of pupils offered the swine flu vaccine in schools have availed of the jab, according to the HSE West.
Women’s risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer will be greatly reduced thanks to plans to introduce a vaccination programme for 12-year-old girls next year and to roll out a cervical screening programme nationally.
The HSE Dublin Mid Leinster has reminded those at risk of influenza this winter to 'Get the vaccine, not the flu!'.
The new Labour Party candidate for the Kilkenny electoral area, Sean Butler, this week highlighted the difference in government approach to finding money for bailing out the Irish pork industry and the inability to find money to vaccinate young Irish girls against cervical cancer.
A major increase in the number of mumps cases in the west has resulted in the HSE West advising teenagers and young adults to ensure that they have had two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine to avoid contracting the infection. The number of reported mumps cases in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon rocketed from 18 last year to 258 by mid December this year.
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.
Parents of teenage girls will be relieved to hear steps are being taken by a local pharmacy to ensure that their daughters will have access to the much-debated cervical cancer vaccine at a reduced price in the coming months.
A month ago Esther van Luipen opened her new small animal practice in the Square in Claremorris.