• Healthy tips for a healthy school lunchHealthy tips for a healthy school lunch

    As the new school year approaches, it can be difficult to think up healthy lunch and snack ideas for the children’s packed lunch, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) has some handy advice and tips on choosing a healthier option for the best start to the school year.

  • Exam celebrations – take time to talk to our young peopleExam celebrations – take time to talk to our young people

    With thousands of young people due to receive their exam results, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the risks associated with drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

    Many teenagers will go out with friends when they get exam results, whether they are celebrating or commiserating. Both scenarios can lead to excessive drinking or drug taking, so there’s an important role for parents to talk to their children about the risks.

  • Getting your A-level results – don’t forget to get your meningitis vaccine Getting your A-level results – don’t forget to get your meningitis vaccine

    If you have just left school or are going to be a first-time university student the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging you to get the meningococcal vaccine.

    Everyone born between 2 July 1997 and 1 July 1999, and first time university students up to the age of 25, are entitled to the Men ACWY vaccine.

  • Knowing all the signs of stroke could save a lifeKnowing all the signs of stroke could save a life

    Strokes claim the lives of around 1,000 people in Northern Ireland every year. It is the third most common cause of death and the greatest cause of adult disability, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people of the a range of signs and symptoms of stroke.

  • Shingles vaccine: still time to get simple jab which can prevent painful conditionShingles vaccine: still time to get simple jab which can prevent painful condition

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding all people aged 70 years old that they are still able to receive the shingles vaccine. The vaccine will help protect them against the common and painful skin disease and its complications.

    However, with just over half of people eligible for the jab actually choosing to receive it, time is running out before their age moves them out of the target groups, which turn over on 1 September each year. 

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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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Healthy tips for a healthy school lunch

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - News

As the new school year approaches, it can be difficult to think up healthy lunch and snack ideas for the children’s packed lunch, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) has some handy advice and tips on choosing a healthier option for the best st...

Vitamin D and you

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - Publication

The PDF version of this leaflet has been updated following the publication of a review of the evidence on vitamin D and health by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). It highlights the importance of vitamin D supplements for part...

Shingles factsheet for health professionals

Friday, 19 August 2016 - Publication

Vaccination against shingles for adults aged 70 and 78. Information for healthcare professionals.

Exam celebrations – take time to talk to our young people

Thursday, 18 August 2016 - News

With thousands of young people due to receive their exam results, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the risks associated with drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

Many teenagers will go out...