The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an alert regarding the risk of polio spread internationally.
Ten countries posing a risk of wild poliovirus exportation are identified:
The three countries of greatest risk are:
These are the countries currently exporting wild poliovirus. A further 7 countries are identified as being an ongoing risk but are not actively exporting the virus. These are:
IPV (inactivated Polio Vaccine) booster is recommended for travellers to any of these named countries above and an International Certificate of Vaccination must be provided.
Travellers to Pakistan, Cameroon or Syria, if staying > 4 weeks must show documentation of IPV or OPV vaccination within the past 12 months when leaving these countries.
If your travel plans include any of these countries you should make an appointment with our Travel Vaccine clinic as soon as possible.
Further information is available from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre by clicking here
It has been a long wait for everyone, but we can finally start preparations for vaccinating our patients in-surgery.
We don’t know yet when exactly we will get out vaccine delivery, but we are already well advanced in the task of identifying the patients who are next to be vaccinated.
These will be the patients from the Very High Risk (Cohort 4) and High Risk (Cohort 7) groups.
Not all of the patients in these groups will be vaccinated in General Practice, with most of the highest risk patients being contacted by Acute Services and called for vaccination in the hospital.
The rollout of Covid19 vaccines for all patients over the age of 70, is due to begin the week of 15th February 2021.
The first group to be vaccinated will be age over 85, followed by age 80-84, then 75-79, then 70-74.
Flu season is here and we are encouraging everyone to get the vaccine.
Help reduce the potential burden on our hospitals this winter.
Get the 'Flu vaccine.
Drop us an email now to book in. The vaccine supplies are arriving tomorrow.
The HSE has a very useful information page, including information leaflets and videos in a number of languages.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in keeping with public health guidance, we have had to make some changes to our appointment arrangements in Galway Bay Medical Centre with effect from 7th September 2020.
You can now be referred for testing if you are in one or more of the categories for priority testing and meet the testing criteria below.
If you are not in a priority group we cannot refer you for testing at this time........
As you will know, GPs can only refer patients for Covid19 tests who fit the current criteria for testing - meaning a fever plus either cough or shortness of breath, along with being in one of the at risk groups.