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  • Major moves under way for health service to go smoke free
    on site by staff patients or visitors This major step by the health and social care system in Northern Ireland is leading the way helping to change the culture and highlight where smoking is unacceptable Speaking as the smoking shelter was removed from the Cancer Centre site Dr McBride said One in every two people who smoke will die from their habit By going smoke free the health service is taking a big step forward in tackling smoking head on by making its premises healthier environments Smoking not only has a human cost With one third of cancer deaths and a significant proportion of coronary heart disease strokes and circulatory illnesses caused by smoking it creates a massive financial burden on the health service in treating preventable smoking related conditions It is unacceptable for patients visitors and staff to be subjected to second hand smoking while on health and social care facilities By making this move we hope to both protect people s health directly and to influence cultural change by creating new norms around smoking in public By creating smoke free environments supported by stop smoking services we hope we can take a big step forward in empowering people to quit their habit and live healthier lives Dr Eddie Rooney said Stopping smoking is the single biggest thing you can do to improve your health Creating smoke free health and social care environments and providing tailored support for people who want to quit their habit will help in our ambition to protect public health We know that stopping smoking isn t easy but help is at hand There is a wide range of services available to support people who want to quit and to assist those in hospital who need to tackle their nicotine cravings We hope that this

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  • Reminder to get shingles vaccination
    their seventies in future years Dr Lucy Jessop Consultant in Health Protection at the PHA said Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox After you recover from chickenpox some of the virus remains inactive in your body and nervous system It can then reactivate in later life when your immune system is weakened with about a quarter of adults getting shingles at some point in their life For most people shingles can be a mild infection with good recovery But it can be very painful and uncomfortable and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older The older people are the worse it can be with some people left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed It is estimated that the vaccination programme will prevent nearly 40 of the hundreds of cases seen every year in Northern Ireland in people over 70 and reduce the severity of the symptoms for those who do develop the condition Side effects are usually quite mild and don t last very long The most common side effects include headache and or pain and swelling at the site of the injection The shingles vaccine has been used extensively in several countries including America and Canada We can therefore be very confident in knowing that it is a safe and effective vaccine I would recommend anyone in the eligible age groups to contact their GP to arrange to have the vaccine if they haven t received it already People who have lowered immunity must not receive the shingles vaccine such as anyone who is on chemotherapy or has leukaemia or lymphoma Other medicines can also lower immunity for example high doses of oral steroids and some drugs used for rheumatoid arthritis psoriasis polymyositis sarcoidosis and inflammatory bowel

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  • World Cancer Day: signs and symptoms and ways to cut the risks
    by talking about cancer openly can we improve outcomes For many cancers there are symptoms and we know that if cancer is diagnosed early a person is more likely to survive If we can detect cancer early treatment is much more likely to be successful It is therefore important for everyone to be aware of warning signs which need to be investigated to ensure speedy diagnosis and treatment Some examples of symptoms are coughing up blood or blood stained phlegm sputum a persistent cough more than three weeks a mole which begins to change such as getting larger or inflamed or developing irregular edges blood in a bowel motion starting to bleed again after the menopause mouth ulcers that have not healed after three weeks food regularly seeming to stick on the way down when you swallow If you experience any of these symptoms speak to your GP Some of the differences in survival rates in Northern Ireland compared with other countries may be due to patients presenting later to their GPs There are many things that people can do to reduce the risk such as If you smoke stop visit www want2stop info 1 for tips to help you quit Keep alcohol consumption within safe limits www knowyourlimits info 2 has more information on this Take regular exercise and aim to keep your weight within the recommended BMI range www choosetolivebetter com 3 has more information on simple steps that can help reduce weight Avoid getting sunburn use sunscreen and a hat and don t use sunbeds see www careinthesun org 4 for more information Northern Ireland also has excellent cancer screening programmes in place to help detect the first signs of cancer These include cervical breast and bowel cancer screening so in addition to being aware of signs

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  • Directorate of Public Health
    Northern Ireland s HSC reforms The PHA was set up with the explicit agenda to protect public health and to improve health and social wellbeing This requires more than responding to ill health our mandate places us in the frontline of the mission to address the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill health and lack of wellbeing The main areas of public health action are Protecting health We provide a coordinated regional service and a flexible and effective response system to protect the population from serious health threats such as infectious disease outbreaks or major incidents We undertake a broad range of activities to support these goals Improving health and reducing inequalities We achieve improvements in health through initiatives and partnerships with key stakeholders that address the wider determinants of health and social wellbeing and target specific issues We address inequalities by implementing a programme of interventions and by supporting networks in our most vulnerable communities Improving health through high quality services We support the commissioning and performance management of the Health and Social Care Board HSCB and its five local commissioning groups LCGs by providing high quality independent public health advice Through this key role we promote the

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  • Health Protection
    PHA Eastern Office in Linenhall Street Belfast This is the first point of call for health professionals and other agencies regarding all health protection incidents queries during working hours Multi disciplinary consultant led health protection teams have been developed around key work areas as reflected on this website Surge capacity for major incident response is provided by a range of staff from across the PHA Latest news PHA reminds people of importance of flu vaccine 1 Reminder to get shingles vaccination 2 Zika advice pregnant women should consider travel plans 3 Carbon Monoxide poisoning 4 Advice if flooding occurs 5 Latest publications Epidemiology of tuberculosis in Northern Ireland Annual surveillance report 2014 6 Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin Northern Ireland 2015 2016 7 Summary CDI and MRSA incidence tables 1st April 2006 to present 8 Transmit Health Protection Service bulletin 9 C difficle surveillance quarterly report July September 2015 10 2011 Public Health Agency Designed and produced by the Public Health Agency Source URL http www publichealthagency org directorate public health health protection Links 1 http www publichealthagency org news pha reminds people importance flu vaccine 2 http www publichealthagency org news reminder get shingles vaccination 3 http www publichealthagency org

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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
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  • Publications | HSC Public Health Agency
    1st April 2006 to present 26 01 2016 Transmit Health Protection Service bulletin 22 12 2015 C difficle surveillance quarterly report July September 2015 14 12 2015 S aureus surveillance quarterly report July September 2015 14 12 2015 HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2015 30 11 2015 Gastrointestinal Infections Annual Surveillance Report 2014 26 10 2015 Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae Carbapenemase Producing Organism CPE CPO Patient Information leaflet 19 10 2015 Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae Carbapenemase Producing Organism CPE CPO Screening Information leaflet 19 10 2015 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Surveillance data Zoonoses Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www aaascreening info www becancerawareni info www breastfedbabies org www cancerscreening hscni net www choosetolivebetter com www enjoyhealthyeating info www fluawareni info www getalifegetactive com www helpprotectyourself info

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  • Courses and conferences | HSC Public Health Agency
    Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Surveillance data Zoonoses Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www aaascreening info www becancerawareni info www breastfedbabies org www cancerscreening hscni net www choosetolivebetter com www enjoyhealthyeating info www fluawareni info www getalifegetactive com

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