• PHA welcomes continuation of whooping cough vaccination for pregnant womenPHA welcomes continuation of whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has welcomed the recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination programme for pregnant women should continue for a further five years. The advice comes after two new research papers were published which showed that the vaccination campaign has been very effective since its introduction and also provided further reassurance that the vaccine is very safe when given in pregnancy.

  • Breastfeeding welcome here!Breastfeeding welcome here!

    With the bank holiday approaching, many new mums will be out and about enjoying time with their families. But what do they think about breastfeeding in public and what are local businesses doing to help?

     Northern Ireland has the lowest breastfeeding rates in UK and one of the lowest in Europe – 64% of mothers start breastfeeding compared with 81% in the rest of the UK, but by six weeks of age this reduces to 33% in Northern Ireland, compared with 55% in the rest of the UK.

  • PHA urges people using drugs and alcohol to be vigilant over the festival seasonPHA urges people using drugs and alcohol to be vigilant over the festival season

    Now that the summer festival season is in full swing, and people from across Northern Ireland are heading out to enjoy themselves, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding revellers that taking drugs is always a risk.
    The PHA is also specifically warning about of the risk of taking Para –Methyl-4-Methylaminorex (4,4’-DMAR), which has been linked to a number of recent deaths in Northern Ireland.

  • Do your kids know the risks associated with alcohol and drugs?Do your kids know the risks associated with alcohol and drugs?

    Thousands of young people across Northern Ireland will receive exam results in the coming days and ahead of this the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents to have a chat about alcohol and drugs with their children.

  • Ebola virus diseaseEbola virus disease

    WHO has today declared that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa fits the criteria under International Health Regulations (IHR) of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This declaration will trigger a WHO internationally coordinated response to countries with cases in order to assist them to take measures to contain and control the outbreak.

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The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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PHA welcomes continuation of whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women

Friday, 22 August 2014 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has welcomed the recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination programme for pregnant women should continue for a further five ye...

Breastfeeding welcome here!

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - News

With the bank holiday approaching, many new mums will be out and about enjoying time with their families. But what do they think about breastfeeding in public and what are local businesses doing to help?

 Northern Ireland has the lowes...

Mind your head, a student guide to mental health

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - Publication

This booklet is full of practical tips and information on managing stress and achieving and maintaining positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also contains a comprehensive list of helpful local organisations and websites. The booklet...

C. difficile and S.aureus bacteraemia surveillance quarterly reports

Thursday, 21 August 2014 - Publication

Quarterly reports provide epidemiological data on C. difficile and S. aureus in Northern Ireland. The report highlights key points, rates, trends and statistical process control charts. The report also provides informat...