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2014 FLU VACCINE- JUST WALK IN, NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED

2014 FLU VACCINE- JUST WALK IN, NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED



2014 FLU VACCINE- JUST WALK IN, NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED

vaccines are not only extremely effective for preventing disease in the individual vaccinated but they also help reduce spread of the disease.
Influenza vaccine is available free of charge to patients who are
Over 65,
Suffering from Chronic illness
Carers
Morbidly obese
In contact with Pigs Poultry or water fowl
Involved in Health care provision
Pregnant (any stage of Pregnancy)

If in doubt call or ask your Doctor if the flu vaccine is right for you ...
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IMPORTANCE of SUNSCREEN

IMPORTANCE of SUNSCREEN



Skin damage
Repeated excess sun exposure over a number of years can cause damage to skin. The effects of sun damage include:
premature skin ageing and wrinkling, brown spots, actinic keratoses (benign warty growths on the skin), and skin cancer.

Skin cancer
About 9 in 10 non-melanoma skin cancers, and about 6 in 10 melanoma skin cancers (the most serious form of skin cancer) are thought to be caused by excessive exposure to the sun. In particular, episodes of sunburn greatly increase the risk. Skin cells that are damaged are at greater risk of becoming abnormal and cancerous.

All people of all ages should protect their skin, but it is even more vital to protect children. Although skin cancer is rare in children, the amount of sun exposure during childhood is thought to increase the risk of developing skin cancer in adult life. Therefore, take extra care with children, and keep babies out of the sun completely.


How can I protect skin from the sun?
This is not Rocket science in short: avoid the sun when it is strong, cover up (Hat tee + shirt), and use high-factor sunscreen:

Use high-factor sunscreen liberally
You should apply sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 15 (SPF 30 for children or people with pale skin) which also has high UVA protection.


Be sure to cover areas which are sometimes missed, such as the lips, ears, around the eyes, neck, scalp (particularly if you are bald or have thinning hair), backs of hands and tops of feet.


Sunshine and vitamin D
Vitamin D is vital for good health. Vitamin D is made in the skin with the help of sunlight. Sunlight is actually the main source of vitamin D, as there is very little found in the foods that we eat.

This means that to be healthy you need a certain amount of sun exposure. There is concern that some people may go to the extreme of avoiding the sun altogether and then become deficient in vitamin D. The aim is to enjoy the sun sensibly, so as to make enough vitamin D, whilst not increasing the risk of skin cancer.

To prevent deficiency of vitamin D, we need about 2-3 sun exposures per week in the summer months (April to September). Each exposure should last 20-30 minutes and be to bare arms and face. It needs to occur in direct sunlight and not through a window. It is not the same as suntanning and sunburn should be avoided at all costs...
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FOCUS ON DIABETES

FOCUS ON DIABETES



FOCUS ON DIABETES

Diabetes is a condition of excess Sugar levels in the blood which can lead to a multitude of health problems


6.1% of Irish population are confirmed Diabetic
That makes more than 1 in 20 of us , This rises dramatically to 1 in 8 over 65 year olds
It is estimated that 30,000 Irish people are undiagnoised ie. Diabetic and Dont know it!!
It is estimated that 146,000 Irish People are Pre diabetic and dont know it !!
Early Diagnosis reduces longterm complications dramatically

Why not attend for a check up to make sure you are not at risk:

If you have a family history of Diabetes,
If you are overweight,
If you experience symtpoms like lethadrgy, excessive thirst or excessive urination.
If you simply want reassurance.

Your Doctor will usually include a Diabetic check as part of general health screen but Dont be afraid to ask for it ...
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