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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
    Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec To date Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Directorate Any Directorate of Public Health Health Protection Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Service Development and Screening HSC Research and Development Professional Medical Issues Directorate of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Nursing Allied Health Professions and Personal and Public Involvement Centre for Connected Health and Social Care HSC Safety Forum Directorate of Operations Planning and Corporate Services Communication and Knowledge Management Title Published Under the surface campaign raises public awareness of good mental health 06 10 2011 Your Story Can Change Lives and improve mental health services 08 08 2012 Stop smoking this New Year advises PHA 30 12 2013 Stop smoking this New Year advises PHA 22 12 2014 first previous 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 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

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  • News | HSC Public Health Agency
    Social Wellbeing Improvement Service Development and Screening HSC Research and Development Professional Medical Issues Directorate of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Nursing Allied Health Professions and Personal and Public Involvement Centre for Connected Health and Social Care HSC Safety Forum Directorate of Operations Planning and Corporate Services Communication and Knowledge Management Title Published PHA reminds people of importance of flu vaccine 09 02 2016 Major moves under way for health service to go smoke free 08 02 2016 Reminder to get shingles vaccination 05 02 2016 World Cancer Day signs and symptoms and ways to cut the risks 04 02 2016 Zika advice pregnant women should consider travel plans 04 02 2016 Public Health Annual Research and Practice Conference Call for Abstracts 03 02 2016 Views sought on autism and mental health services for children and young people 29 01 2016 Stay sun safe on snow and sand 25 01 2016 Look out for your neighbours during cold spell 13 01 2016 Are you inching towards bad health 11 01 2016 Carbon Monoxide poisoning 30 12 2015 Advice if flooding occurs 29 12 2015 New smoking campaign highlights one in two risk of habit 29 12 2015 UK policy framework

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  • Smokers supported in kicking the habit this New Year | HSC Public Health Agency
    Health Agency said We know that the majority of smokers want to give up We also know that you re four times more likely to quit if you plan ahead and use specialist smoking cessation services and nicotine replacement therapies We have been very encouraged by the number of smokers using the services and successfully quitting over the past year During 2008 2009 over 20 000 people used the services with half of those successfully quitting after four weeks Those people will feel the benefits of quitting immediately benefits to their health and their pockets We want to remind people at this time that help is available They can get information on stopping smoking and details of the nearest local free specialist service by calling the Smokers Helpline on Tel 0800 85 85 85 or logging on to www want2stop info Smoking is the single greatest preventable cause of premature death and avoidable illness in Northern Ireland and a major cause of inequality in health experience between advantaged and disadvantaged people Even life long smokers benefit from quitting The Public Health Agency has been working to improve access to smoking cessation services for workplaces and in particular has funded a number of specialist posts to support manual workers and others with above average smoking rates Further information For media enquiries contact The Public Health Agency Ormeau Avenue Unit Press Office on Tel 028 9031 1611 Notes to the editor Notes to the Editors There are 632 specialist service providers in Northern Ireland in GP surgeries pharmacies acute services and community and voluntary organisations During 2008 2009 21 272 people used the services with 10 787 51 successfully quitting at 4 weeks In Northern Ireland almost one in four 24 of adults smoke Print Facebook Twitter Site menu Home About Directorates

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  • Parents urged to vaccinate children with MMR | HSC Public Health Agency
    people as possible It is vital that all children are immunised with the MMR vaccine at 15 months and get their second dose of MMR at their pre school health check at 4 years of age If your child has not received two doses of the vaccine you should contact your GP to arrange to have your child vaccinated It is never too late to receive the vaccine and we would encourage children of all ages at least until they have left school to ensure that they have had two doses In Northern Ireland we have had high uptake levels for MMR which is why we have seen very few case of measles compared to both the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland However these cases remind us that there is no room for complacency he said Dr Smithson continued It is important for our population to keep very high uptake levels of the MMR vaccine to prevent the spread of infection I would like to reassure parents that the MMR vaccine is very safe and the most effective way to prevent measles mumps and rubella infections Parents who chose not to vaccinate their children are leaving them exposed to measles mumps and rubella and all three of these diseases can have very serious complications he said Signs and Symptoms of Measles Around 9 11 days after being in contact with the measles infection the following symptoms begin to appear Cold like symptoms such as runny nose watery eyes swollen eyelids and sneezing Red eyes and sensitivity to light A mild to severe temperature which may peak over 40 6C 105F for several days Temperature may fall after several days but may go up again when the rash appears Tiny greyish white spots called Koplik s spots

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  • Everyone urged to take care during the cold weather to help prevent slips and falls | HSC Public Health Agency
    If you wear glasses make sure they are clean If conditions are especially icy bend slightly walk flat footed with your centre of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible Try to walk on areas that have been treated with salt grit or ash but still take your time If necessary be prepared to change your normal route so you remain on flat ground or surfaces where possible even walking across grass or other soft surfaces This may mean taking a longer route so you may need to allow more time for your journey Hold on to handrails and other stable structures such as fences and walls Take care when getting in and out of vehicles by using the vehicle for support If you feel particularly at risk don t be afraid to ask for help have someone accompany you and link arms to provide more stability If you must walk on the road walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic and close to the kerb Ensure any hats or scarves do not obstruct your vision it is important that you can see from side to side to see traffic Be aware that vehicles may not be able to stop at stop signs or traffic lights Don t venture across roads until you see that traffic has stopped At night wear bright clothing or reflective gear as dark clothing will make it difficult for motorists to see you Carry a torch so you can be seen and see your way During the daytime wear bright clothing you may also find that sunglasses will help you see better as the sunlight and reflection from snow can be very blinding If you fall forward try to avoid using your arms to break your fall instead roll onto

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  • Strictly Trash Fashion | HSC Public Health Agency
    in the Brownlow area of Craigavon and provides young people aged between 10 18 years the opportunity to participate in a range of new and exciting social and physical activities Over an eight week period the young people joined with a group of older people from the local community to participate in a programme of dancing and trash fashion workshops encouraging them to become more physically active The workshops included dance sessions such as the Cha Cha and Jive as well as the trash fashion workshops where the young people designed their own T shirts Barbara Trotter Project Coordinator commented Thanks to the funding we received from SIHP we were able to run this programme It is extremely popular with the young people and older people alike enabling them to get to know each other and build bridges across the generational divide Investing for Health Officer Cathy Devlin added The SIHP is delighted to support this new and innovative intergenerational project It provided the opportunity for the older people to share their skills with the younger generation encouraging the young people to participate in exercise and become more physically active in a fun and exciting new way Other groups within the Craigavon and Banbridge area to secure funding this year were Allsorts Ladies Group Ashgrove Senior Citizens Club Copperfields Association of Patron Advocate Carers Craigavon Intercultural Programme Craigavon Travellers Support Committee Down Armagh Rural Transport Drumbeg North and South Residents Association Filipino Community Support Network Maghery GFC Manor Empowerment Committee Polish Women s Group Portadown Baptist Church Young at Heart Mens Club Lurgan You can log on to the Small Grants section of our website www southernifh com to see the full list of local community groups that have received funding Further information For press enquiries contact Elaine Hyde PR

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  • Public Health Agency urges women to attend when called for cervical screening | HSC Public Health Agency
    never had a smear before or where it has been more than 5 years since their last test Dr Tracy Owen Consultant in Public Health Medicine for the PHA said Women are first called for cervical cancer screening at 20 years of age and after their first smear test they are invited every three to five years for routine screening until aged 64 A smear test is done to check the health of the cervix Regular smear tests therefore pick up any changes early before they develop into cervical cancer and at a stage when they can be treated more easily Figures for 2008 2009 show that younger women are much less likely to attend for cervical screening While 79 of women aged 40 44 years have had a smear test in the last 5 years only 67 of women aged 25 29 years have had one ¹ The screening programme plays a vital role in saving lives as it is estimated that in a well screened population four out of five cervical cancers can be prevented Dr Owen continued This is one of the few cancers that is preventable as pre cancerous cell changes can be picked up before they have a chance to develop If cell changes are left undetected and untreated they could go on to develop into cervical cancer That s why it is so important that women go for regular check ups I would encourage all women to attend their appointment it could literally save their life For further information on this issue please visit www cancerscreening hscni net Further information For more information contact PHA Press Office Ormeau Avenue Unit on 028 9031 1611 Notes to the editor Cervical Cancer Awareness Week runs during 18 24 January and European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs

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  • TB Factsheet | HSC Public Health Agency
    time that is spent in contact with someone with infectious TB What if I have been in close contact with someone with infectious TB If you are identified as a contact at risk from TB then you will be invited for screening Initial screening consists of a skin test to determine if your immune system recognises TB The skin test is called the Mantoux test the result of which needs to be read 48 hours later People who have a positive skin test and or evidence of TB infection found on chest X ray or who are unwell will be investigated further by a specialist doctor and may be treated with a course of anti TB medication How is TB treated TB is curable Treatment consists of a long course of different types of specialist antibiotics What happens next If you have been identified as a close contact of the case you will be invited for screening by the accompanying letter Otherwise you will have received a general information letter and have not been identified as requiring screening at this time Further information If you require further information Doctors and nurses will be available at the school between 7pm and

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