What is an immune system? How does the body fight infection? When germs, such as bacteria or viruses, invade the body, they attack and proliferate. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness. The immune system uses several tools to fight infection. Blood contains red blood cells, for carrying oxygen to tissues and organs, […]
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Hib is a bacteria which can cause: pneumonia meningitis severe inflammatory infections of the face, mouth, blood, epiglottis, joints, heart, bones, peritoneum and trachea. This almost exclusively effects children less than 5 years of age. It can also effect people with weakened immune system. link It is transmitted […]
According to the Global Sepsis Alliance sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multi-organ failure, and death – especially if not recognised early and treated promptly. Sepsis is the final common pathway to death from most infectious diseases worldwide. It is a global […]
What is Seasonal Flu?
There are 4 types of seasonal influenza (flu) viruses, types A, B, C and D. Flu A and B viruses circulate and cause seasonal epidemics of disease. Seasonal flu is characterised by a sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and a runny nose. The cough […]
Varicella / Chickenpox
Varicella commonly known as chickenpox is a highly contagious infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The infection is spread in a similar manner to colds and flu. Symptoms Symptoms first appear between 10 and 21 days of becoming infected with chickenpox. The first sign of chickenpox is usually red spots which can be anywhere […]
Cocooning during Covid-19 in Ireland.
Click here to receive guidance on cocooning to protect your life Cocooning is a practice used to protect those over 70 or those extremely medically vulnerable people from coming into contact with Covid-19. These people are advised to remain at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a specific period of time […]
What is Flu?
Influenza usually peaks during the winter months and every year it is associated with illness ranging from the mild to the severe.The flu virus attacks the lungs and airways. Antibiotics does not cure the flu. However, hot drinks and plenty of rest are recommended. Most people who think they have the flu, in fact have […]
What is the 4 in 1 vaccine?
The 4 in 1 vaccine immunises against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough) and Poliomyelitis (Polio). Children should be given vaccines protecting them from these diseases at 2, 4 and 6 month. A further booster shot should be given when children are between 4-5 years of age. https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/schoolprog/4in1mmr/4n1mmrleafleteng.pdf Diphtheria is an infection caused by the […]
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