• The flu vaccine helps protect children who receive it, as well as their younger siblings The flu vaccine helps protect children who receive it, as well as their younger siblings

    Children under two years are significantly more at risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown.  The flu virus spreads through the air when people cough and sneeze without covering their nose and mouth. With children of all ages mixing at parent and toddler groups, in day nurseries and at childminders, and because young children don’t always cover their noses or mouths when coughing or sneezing the virus can spread very quickly among them.

  • Update on the Lifeline serviceUpdate on the Lifeline service

    Lifeline is Northern Ireland’s 24/7 crisis support service for people in distress or despair. The current contract for the operation of Lifeline is due to end on 31 March 2018. The Public Health Agency (PHA), which commissions the service, recently offered a contract extension under existing terms to the current provider, Contact (Northern Ireland), to continue to deliver this essential service which supports people in distress and despair. However, the current provider has decided not to continue delivering the Lifeline service after March next year. The PHA will now move to appoint an alternative interim service provider to ensure that Lifeline continues to be delivered in a safe and sustainable way.

  • Nurse of the Year advocates the flu vaccineNurse of the Year advocates the flu vaccine

    This year’s flu vaccination programme is now under way, and has received the backing of Nurse of The Year Siobhan Rogan,  who is highlighting the importance of the flu vaccine particularly for ‘at risk’ groups and healthcare workers.

  • Health and agriculture join forces to help keep antibiotics workingHealth and agriculture join forces to help keep antibiotics working

    This European Antibiotics Awareness Day [18 November] the importance of responsible antibiotic use is being highlighted across the health and agriculture sectors.
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) have teamed up to call on health professionals, veterinary practitioners, industry  and the public to make better use of antibiotics and preserve them for their most important use – serious bacterial infections.

  • Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning – know the signs and symptomsBe aware of carbon monoxide poisoning – know the signs and symptoms

    November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone as the temperature drops and people turn up the heat to be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

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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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Latest

Update on the Lifeline service

Friday, 17 November 2017 - News

Lifeline is Northern Ireland’s 24/7 crisis support service for people in distress or despair. 

Health and agriculture join forces to help keep antibiotics working

Thursday, 16 November 2017 - News

This European Antibiotics Awareness Day [18 November] the importance of responsible antibiotic use is being highlighted across the health and agriculture sectors.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Department of Agricultu...

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2017/18

Thursday, 16 November 2017 - Publication

The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season.

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Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Northern Ireland, Annual Report, 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017 - Publication

The PHA has launched the first report on antimicrobial use and resistance in Northern Ireland (published Monday 13th November 2017).

Below is the full report. More information on antibiotics can be found at ...