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Flu Vaccine

The new annual flu vaccine will be available in the surgery for 2016/2017 this September. Seasonal influenza vaccine should be given for all patients >65 years, pregnant women, healthcare workers, residents of nursing homes, carers and the following at-risk groups: Chronic heart disease including acute coronoary syndrome Chronic liver disease Chronic neurological disease including multiple […]

If you are pregnant-are you aware of the pertussis vaccine?

According to advice from the HSE all pregnant women between 27-36 weeks should have the pertussis vaccination to prevent their baby from getting whooping cough. If you have questions regarding this please ask your doctor/midwife at your next antenatal visit or look at the information on the following website:

Zika Virus Update – what you need to know

You may have read recently about a new virus – Zika virus – that is affecting South America. It is a virus, spread by mosquitoes, which was known to affect parts of Africa and Asia in recent decades, but has recently spread to new areas and has been implicated in a rise in specific birth defects. […]

Should we be worried about fish oils?

  Recent research has proposed a link between fish oils and prostate cancer, but is it really true?  Expl

Meningitis B prevention

Meningitis is an illness caused by inflammation of the tissues around the brain. It can be caused by viruses but the most serious forms of meningitis are bacterial. Currently, children who participate in the childhood vaccination programme receive a vaccine to prevent Meningitis C. Recently, a new vaccine for Meningitis B has become available and is awaiting approval from […]

Managing Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common complaint that most people may experience at one point or another. It can be due to a number of reasons but usually it is not serious and can be managed with exercises and painkillers. It is important to keep active and some of the articles below may be helpful. If you have severe […]

Winter tiredness be gone!

Many people feel sluggish and tired in the winter months. Darker mornings and icy temperatures don’t help! If this sounds familiar to you, here are a couple of simple steps that can help.

What does the WHO report on processed meats mean for you?

The World Health Organisation recently released a report investigating the link between consumption of red and processed meats and development of cancer. Red meat is classed as unprocessed meat such as beef, lamb and pork. Processed meat has been transformed by methods such as curing, smoking or salting etc. So what does this mean for […]

Planning a pregnancy?

If you are planning on having a baby, there are many ways you can prepare your body to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Folic acid is recommended for all women of childbearing age to ensure healthy neurodevelopment of the foetus. If there is a family history of spina bifida, you may require a higher dose […]

Exercise – a tool to beat stress and improve your health

Physical activity has many benefits for our physical health as well as our mental health. Regular exercise promotes a healthy mind and a healthy body. It is important to start exercising at a pace that suits your age and general health and increase your activity gradually. Talk to your GP first if you have questions or concerns. Here are […]

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