GE and NRL team up to promote league wellbeing in PNG

first_imgThe NRL Wellbeing program aims to help students make the connections between physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness.Nearly 20,000 primary school students from Port Moresby, East New Britain and the Eastern Highlands province will benefit from the program and increased education.“PNG is a nation of Rugby League lovers and this program is a fantastic way to harness the power of sport to inspire children to take charge of their wellbeing,” said GE PNG country leader, Peter Loko.“Through our experience in healthcare partnerships in PNG, we understand the immense healthcare challenges the country faces and the importance of supporting programs such as this, which address those challenges at a grassroots level.”GE has been in PNG since 1952, supplying the generators and turbines for the Port Moresby Hydro Electricity scheme. It deepened its commitment to PNG when it opened its Port Moresby office in July 2014.The company is investing to build local capability and through technology, aims to support PNG in key areas of development including wider access to energy, water treatment and healthcare.NRL wellbeing facilitators have commenced the program delivery, with the bilingual curriculum tailored to PNG students and highlighting various NRL players, some of whom have PNG heritage, using culturally relevant examples to engage students.The NRL has been working with teachers and classrooms throughout PNG since 2014, helping to promote various health and wellbeing messages and reaching more than 40,000 students over the past two years.”The NRL Wellbeing program will help to educate students to prioritise active, healthy and happy lifestyles,” said Mark Mom, NRL General Manager in PNG and former Canberra Raider and PNG Kumul.GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.comlast_img read more

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FDA Decries Forest Depletion, Degradation

first_imgMike Doryen (middle) poses Dr. Boanuh (immediate left), Sen. Dalla Gweh (right) and two other FDA executives. The managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), C. Mike Doryen has decried the “degradation of the forests” across the country.Doryen raised the concerns at the national consultation of the technical and financial partners of the Liberian national forest investment program (NFIP) held on Monday, May 6, 3019, at a resort near Monrovia.“Forest cover and biodiversity in Liberia are at risk from population pressures and rapid development largely from logging, agriculture expansion, mining, charcoal production and firewood collection,” he said in his opening statement.He said besides being home to significant terrestrial biodiversity and a major carbon sink, forests also help to maintain the fertility of the soil, protect watersheds, and reduce the risk of natural disasters, such as floods and landslides.“It is important for people to understand and act appropriately in line with regulations governing the management of the forestry sector. Let us all know that deforestation and degradation threaten biodiversity, forest-related ecological services, and rural livelihoods,” Doryen added, noting further that the key to unlocking the potentials and opportunities provided by forests is sustainable forest management.He noted that Liberia’s forest is home to many rare and endemic species and listed as one of 34 global biodiversity hotspots.“Liberia has over 2,000 species of flowering plants, 225 timber species, 600 bird species and 150 mammals, while 75 reptiles have been identified also,” he said.Doryen called on Liberians and other residents to consider the country, which represents an important source of community livelihood and government revenue, as well as a means that provides basic employment across the country.He said while there are challenges, the FDA will not relent in ensuring that all activities in the forestry sector are based on sound scientific and technical principles, the forest conservation and that development laws and policies of Liberia are adhered to, among others.Dr. Johnson Boanuh, director for environment at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission for organic, environment and water services, said protecting the sub-region’s forests is not just for the benefit of a country possessing it, but the entire ECOWAS region of Africa and beyond.“Let me convey to you that the ECOWAS Commission on agriculture, environment and water resources is standing by you to mobilize the necessary resources, mainly finance to effectively implement your national forest investment plan,” Boanuh told the participants.He said the ECOWAS Commission is pleased that agriculture experts have developed and validated a national document, mainly those who understand issues of the forestry sector.Edward Sheik A. Kamara, manager for forest products, marketing and revenue forecast recalled that in June 2010 a meeting of ministers responsible for forests and wildlife of the members of ECOWAS was held in Cotonou, Benin, where member countries formally adopted a dialogue document on forests in West Africa. The meeting also developed terms of reference for the study on the preparation of a forest convergence plan for the management and sustainable use of forest ecosystems in West Africa.”“After the adaptation, the ministers requested the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for support to prepare a forest convergence plan for their member states; and on January 20, 2011, ECOWAS Commission and the FAO signed the Project TCP/RAF/3306 entitled; “Support for the preparation of the West Africa,” and later it was launched in March, 2011.Following the Cotonou meeting of the ECOWAS ministers in 2011, Kamara said FAO contracted national consultants for Liberia to develop country reports on issues relating to forest and agro forestry ecosystem management, forest governance, and physical and socio-economic aspects as a contribution to the development of the Forest Convergence Plan for West Africa.He said Liberia, in 2012 convened a stakeholders’ workshop in which the views of the partners were solicited and developed into a comprehensive document in line with the ECOWAS Commission’s expectation, and has since been in use for the effective management of the country’s forests.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Neurosurgeon offers Berbice students tertiary education financing

first_img…“find inner strength to conquer uncharted ground” – Dr DukhiSkeldon Line Path Secondary School has achieved 100 per cent passes in nine subjects, and has seen improvements in the areas of Mathematics and English.Additionally, the school has recorded exemplary performances in all other subject areas.This was disclosed by Headmistress of the school, Evett Johnson, at the school’s annual graduation exercise held on Friday last. Johnson described the academic year as a “successful one.”The headmistress is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying that to further improve in the area of Mathematics, the school, through the Education Ministry, will be embarking on the Guyana Secondary Education/Improvement Programme (GSE/IT), which will see the introduction of a “Math Lab” and theNeurosurgeon Dr Amarnauth Dukhi hands over the trophy to top student and valedictorian Yugeeta Kumarintegration of national strategies to improve the subject area.Meanwhile, delivering an emotional feature address at his alma mater, Neurosurgeon Dr Amarnauth Dukhi publicly announced the launch of the ‘Dr Amarnauth Dukhi Foundation’, which will assist students who do not have access to the necessary finances to pursue a tertiary education.“It will serve to identify and help brilliant minds who would have excelled at CSEC exams but cannot afford a tertiary education. The foundation will finance their university education, so that they can harness their true potential… It’s a way of giving back to the school where my dreams all started,” Dr Dukhi explained.Dr Dukhi challenged the students to strive to be the best version of themselves.“….success is not the absence of fear, but the capability of overcoming it, finding that inner strength to make a difference and succeeding in conquering uncharted ground…You do not need magic to transform your world, you carry all the power you need inside yourself already. Remember what you learn; teach, and what you receive give.”The first beneficiary of the foundation was top student Yugeeta Kumar, who attained 16 subjects. Kumar was the second top performer for Region Six, and placed 17th in the country at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. The aspiring biochemist was given the opportunity to pursue a career of her choice at the University of Guyana.last_img read more

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Around our Schools

first_imgFor information call the school at (562) 698-8121, Ext. 2000. Six moms singled out for awards WHITTIER – Six single mothers attending Whittier College have been awarded a combined $30,000 in scholarships from the Assistance League of Whittier. The recipients are Kristine Campiri, 40; Jessica Cerda, 26; Connie Ornelas, 35; Melissa Perez, 23; Silvia Perdue, 33; and Deidren Valdez, 22. The scholarships are given to single mothers who are heads of their households and taking at least nine units at Whittier College or Rio Hondo College. These recipients live in Whittier, have at least a 2.5 grade-point average, and need financial support to stay in college. For more information about the Assistance League, call (562) 693-6533. Spring registration time at Cerritos NORWALK – Registration for Cerritos College’s Spring 2008 sessions – which range from nine weeks to 18 weeks – is already under way at the campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd. Next spring, the college will offer a new “Hand Care for Court Reporters” (BUSC 11) course by a former court reporter-turned medical professional. The class is aimed at anyone who frequently engages in repetitive motion tasks with their hands. It will be offered during the college’s second 9-week spring session and runs from March 14-May 6. Fees are $20 per unit for state residents. For information call the college at (562) 860-2451. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to tracy.garcia@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings(562) 789-2100. New, used items for sale at school WHITTIER – Whittier High School will hold a holiday fair and swap meet to sell new and used items 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 12417 Philadelphia St. More than 30 vendors will be selling crocheted purses, custom woodcraft items and holiday wreaths, among others. The proceeds will go to the school’s Puente Program, which exposes high-schoolers to colleges and universities while keeping them on the college track. WHITTIER – Reading volunteers are being sought by Laurel Elementary School to work with children for at least one hour every other week at the campus, 13550 Lambert Road. Extensive three-hour training is provided to volunteers to teach them special reading techniques. Volunteers are matched with one student, and each pair will work together for the remainder of the school year. Those interested should contact the school at last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer latest: Fenerbahce want out-of-favour Blues striker on loan

first_img Loic Remy has struggled to make an impact since arriving at Stamford Bridge QPR Fenerbahce are working on a deal to bring Chelsea forward Loic Remy to the club on a season-long loan.The French forward has struggled to make a significant impact at Stamford Bridge since he joined from QPR in 2014 and was hampered by injuries last term.New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will make signing a striker to partner Diego Costa a priority this summer, meaning Remy could be left in the dark in west London.According to Turkish outlet Sabah, Fenerbahce view Remy as the ideal man to lead their attack next term but want to have him on loan for a season before deciding on any permanent offer.Chelsea would only be willing to sanction such a deal if Fenerbahce pay a sizeable chunk of Remy’s wages but it is understood that the Istanbul club are prepared to do just that and a deal could be struck by the end of June. 1last_img read more

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DD LOCAL: COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF LOCAL WOMEN TRAVELLING TO HAITI ON MISSION TRIP

first_imgDunkineely Community NotesCoffee morning at Joan Lennon’s, Dunkineely – This will held on Saturday morning on 30th August in aid of the Haiti Fund to support Marie Hutchinson and Eva Deane who are going to Haiti on a Mission Trip at the turn of the year.Please support our two local women in this worthy cause. Sessions at McIntyre’s Bar – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm, also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Winners of Dunkineely In Bloom:Best Veg Plot: Eddie Pereira, Best Church: Dunkineely Methodist, Best Town Garden: Stephen McMenamin & Maureen Byrne, Best Container Display: Mary Dorrian, Best Business: McIntyre’s Bar, Best Country Garden: Anne McMenamin.Winners at the Dunkineely, Killaghtee & Bruckless Festival: Pet Show: First Prize: Tony Baoini with Charlies (Bassett Hound), Second Prize: Donal CarrThird Prize: Naoishe RowanNational School’s Art Competition:Junior Infants: 1st Prize: Eamonn Byrne, 2nd Prize: Erin O’Donnell Breslin, 3rd Prize: Cara McNulty.Senior Infants: 1st Prize: Laura McGroary, 2nd Prize: Katie Boyd, 3rd Prize: Rachael Murphy. First Class: 1st Prize: Hannah Rose Deane, 2nd Prize: Conor Gallagher, 3rd Prize: Owen Cunningham.Second Class: 1st Prize: Aaron McGinley, 2nd Prize: Caoimhe Gallagher, 3rd Prize: Jessica Kelly.Third Class: 1st Prize: Jamie Cunningham, 2nd Prize: Dylan, 3rd Prize: Caolan Daly.Fourth Class: 1st Prize: Pauric Monaghan, 2nd Prize: Ellen Johnston, 3rd Prize: Mark Gallagher. Fifth Class: 1st Prize: Cathal Byrne, 2nd Prize: Eunan Maguire, 3rd Prize: Kelly Bonner.Sixth Class: 1st Prize: Orla Carbery, 2nd Prize: Erin Harvey, 3rd Prize: Adam Duddy.Guess the car: 1st Prize: Pauric McNern, 2nd Prize: Ursula Hegarty, 3rd Prize: Helen McCracken.Children’s Fancy Dress Disco: 1st Place: Jaxon Boyle (scarecrow), 2nd Place: Clodagh Murray (cowgirl), 3rd Place: John Gallagher (pick n mix).Open Photography Competition:Humorous: 1st Prize: Hannah Orpan, 2nd Prize: Eva Deane, 3rd Prize: Michael Baine.Portrait: 1st Prize: Eva Deane, 2nd Prize: Peter Grahame, 3rd Prize: Josh Baine.Landscape: 1st Prize: Maureen Byrne, 2nd Prize: Louise Boyle, 3rd Prize: Eva Deane.Filter: Padraig Fisher.Open Art Competition:Portrait: 1st Prize: Mieke Willeborde for ‘ I come and I go ‘, 2nd Prize: Kim Pereira for ‘ Bianca ‘,3rd Prize: Aisling O’Malley for ‘ Robin ‘.Landscape/Seascape: 1st Prize: Lisa McGrane for ‘ Seascape ‘, 2nd Prize: Michael Cunningham for ‘ Boats In The Bay ‘, 3rd Prize: Mary O’Donnell for ‘The Curious Fox ‘.Sketch/Drawing: 1st Prize: Michael Cunningham for ‘ Wood Mouse ‘, 2nd Prize: Aisling O’Malley for ‘ Beauty And The Beast ‘, 3rd Prize: Amelia McGown for ‘ The Bridge ‘.In the DCL Office there is a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc.Borrow a book from just 20c or come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF LOCAL WOMEN TRAVELLING TO HAITI ON MISSION TRIP was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LocalDunkineelyFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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Mixed fortunes for Letterkenny Blaze underage teams

first_imgUNDER 12 BOYS -Sligo 26 – Blaze 21.Blaze under 12 boys travelled to Sligo Sunday 15th January to play Sligo All Stars. Having lost to Sligo at home before Xmas the boys were determined to do better and improve from  their pre Xmas performance. Demonstrating better defence and determination they most definitely improved only losing by 5 points. They excelled in the last quarter and despite Sligo’s full court press scored 12 points against Sligo’s 8. The boys never gave up despite the challenge and displayed improved team work. Well done to all the boys. Final scoreUNDER 14 GIRLS – Ballyshannon 36 Blaze 57This game was the second meeting of these two teams with another two fixtures to come as both teams play in BNI league and NW league. With Blaze dominating the boards at both ends of the court, this insured the visiting team holding the majority of possession. However, the Ballyshannon girls were able to weave into the blaze defence on a few occassions to score from well finished layups. Both teams worked extremely hard and are improving from game to game.U14 Blaze girls Development team also made the journey to Ballyshannon to play the Ballyshannon Development team. All girls played very well in this close contested game. The Ballyshannon girls edged out as winners but had to work very hard against the Blaze girls.Elsewhere, U18 boys were defeated by Omagh Thunder. U14 boys won against Newry Fliers, U12 girls won against Sligo All Stars, U11 girls and boys lost to Sligo All StarsMany tMixed fortunes for Letterkenny Blaze underage teams was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT

first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: It was a case of the Kelly and Mc Guigan family lighting up the world on the double at Irish underage champs. in Tullamore over the weekend.Let’s take it calmly one family at a time….John and James Kelly from St Johnston hit the target Saturday. John threw a pb javelin to swamp the opposition in the javelin hitting 49.06 (a pb of course by a few metres) and come 3pm younger brother James couldn’t wait to get into the circle and punched out a 11.56m to win set an Irish champ.It was a record for this shot put age division and he was still smiling many hours later. The first of the Mc Guigan clan went into action Saturday – Dalton 2k steeple returns a 6.20 to win yes a championship; a record and a facile victory which will give him much needed confidence for the race programme ahead.Brother number 2 Fellan hit 70.74m in the under 16 hammer – and yes it was a a new championship record that had stood since 1992 to Mc Donald ,Windsor at 67m odd and really a 70m plus performance with a 4kg hammer is significant while his entire series of throws was up there so that was gold number 4.Keeping the strong family theme Dempsey the older of the Mc Guigan lads at 19 was named by Athletics Ireland on the Irish junior team for the European juniors in Tallinn ,Estonia next week in the hammer having acheived the Q mark 66m some weeks ago with the 5 kg ball.Moving to silver Blaithnaid Pattton accompanied by Dad Brendan just lost out on countback in her high jump clearing 1.61 a seasonal best but faults at 1.45m meant the colour of the medal was going to be silver. Silver for Mark Bonner in the steeple the Stranorlar lad who like Blaithnaid is a pupil of St Columbas went out way too fast but gathered himself to hold the 2 nd spot.Next weeekend Shaun Woods from Convoy is in Cardiff competing for the Irish schools team as is fellow Royal and Prior student John Kelly referred to earlier so Sunday he Shaun that is toed the line in under 17 400m holding on to collect silver.Jade Leeper the dedicated Ballybofey girl who continues to improve got the discus out to a respectable 28.04 good enough for an encouraging silver national medal.Over the 2 days there was bronze for Aaron Mc Glynn a 1.30 clearance in the high which represents a 7 cm improvement for the Glenfinn schoolboy, Sommer Lecky to the delight of her parents and grandparents from Castlederg got her first ever national medal in the long at 4-34 but wait for it 1 cm seperated gold ,silver and bronze not good for the nerves.Finally the first medal on Sunday went down Castlefin way to Naoimh Mc Granaghan 3rd in javelin 24m plus and there is every reason to believe that in the years to come this same young girl will return and win many more medals .Medal total 11 and add in 6 further top 6 spots to Karen Kelly 1-40m in high her best ever , Sasha Byrne long jump 4.70m. , Shane Thompson in throws ,and the list goes on and on. Add in powerful performances and record marks from Mark English 48.02 in the 400m a Donegal senior record at such a young age ideal preparation for European junior champs., Karl Griffin, Tirconnaill,  erasing a record in the 800m as he returned 1.52 odd at his ease in impresssive style moving ahead with 30m to go and also from Donegal Town Kate Mc Gowan a hurdles champ. best it adds up to what was a special 2 days for Finn Valley and Donegal athletes in general.Just to note that Sinead Mc Laughlin recently medaled in the British Masters in Birmingham silver in both long 4.49m and high 1.40m and simply needs to push on from here into Irish Masters next month.ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: July 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:athleticsFinn Valley ACjunior championshipspatsy mcgonaglelast_img read more

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Dance team raising funds for Las Vegas trip

first_img But Avila is hoping the raffle will bring in at least half of the $1,875 they’ll need for the bus, Avila said. “We don’t want to break the streak,” Alvarado said. “We don’t want anybody else to get the title. We’re willing to do anything for anyone who’s willing to donate to us or give us a sponsorship.” Those interested in donating to the dance group can call Avila at (562) 587-0611 or the school at (562) 698-8121 Ext. 5010. — Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at tracy.garcia@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The team of 10 boys is supposed to participate in the national competition on Dec. 17 and 18 with fellow dancers from the school’s co-ed team, which is made up of five girls and five boys. The overall cost of the trip for the all-male and co-ed dancers is about $10,000 — that includes accommodations, competition fees and transportation. They’ve raised about $3,000, but much of that has already gone toward deposits on the trip. Right now, Avila says they just want to get enough money to pay for the bus to get them to Las Vegas — and they’re crossing their fingers that they’ll be able to fund-raise the rest of the trip’s costs over the next month or so. “The money is due soon, and we’ve done some fund-raising already to try to bring in what we need,” said Avila, including summertime car washes and a raffle at Friday’s homecoming game of items donated by local businesses. Some parents have also given money, though not all can afford to do so. The group is also selling tickets to the annual Whittier-area Band Jamboree competition and will receive a portion of the ticket revenues. WEST WHITTIER — It’s Las Vegas or bust this Christmas for the national dance champions at Pioneer High School. At least that’s how 17-year-old senior Carlos Alvarado feels, with little more than a month to go before he and the school’s All-Male dance team are supposed to defend their first-place win last year at the American Grand National Championships in Las Vegas. “It’s something we’ve always done — it’s become a sort of tradition, going to Vegas every year. At least it’s something we’ve always done since I’ve been in it,” said Alvarado, who’s been on the team for three years. But unless they manage to raise nearly $2,000 in the next two weeks, they may not even get the chance, says director Christine Avila. last_img read more

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Medical Matters – Should I get the flu vaccine?

first_imgContinuing our hugely successful medical series, Dr Ciaran Roarty deals with the many questions surrounding getting the flu vaccine.The flu vaccine ( or jab) protects against seasonal flu and lasts for a year. It is highly-effective in most people.The vaccine is normally given in October or November each year. The vaccine itself is made from the three strains of flu virus that are most likely to cause an outbreak. Every year these are slightly different and so a new flu vaccine is made each year. This is why we need a jab every year to stay protected.So who decides what the most likely strains are to cause an outbreak?The World Health Organisation monitors flu viruses all around the world and advises which strains are to be included in the vaccine for any particular year. It is important to realise that the flu vaccine does not prevent other viral infections which cause coughs, colds and flu-like illnesses. The vaccine protects only against the expected flu virus for that particular winter. The vaccine does not contain any living flu virus so it CANNOT cause the flu or any other infections. If you develop a cold or cough some time after getting the vaccine for the flu it is purely coincidental!Dr Ciaran Roarty at the Scally/McDaid surgery in Letterkenny.Who should get it? The flu jab itself takes about two weeks to give full protection. It is advised for people who are more likely to develop complications of the flu.These include:People 65 or overPeople a long term health condition such as• chronic heart disease ( including a history or having had a heart attack or unstable angina)• chronic lung conditions eg chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia• Pregnant mums to be due to increased risk of developing a more severe illness.• chronic liver disease• chronic renal failure• chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system, previous stroke• diabetes mellitus• down syndrome• haemoglobinopathies• morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40• immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)• children aged 6 months and older with any condition that can affect lung function, especially those attending special schools/day centres with cerebral palsy or intellectual disability• patients on long-term aspirin therapyPeople who work in healthcareCarersPeople living in a nursing home or other long-term care facilityPeople in regular contact with pigs or poultryWhat are the side effects?Usually none!Possibly temporary mild soreness at site of injection.Sometimes a mildly raised temperature and slight muscle aches for a day or so, which usually settles and does not lead to flu.Severe problems such as allergic reactions thankfully are rare.If you have a severe egg allergy you should not get the flu vaccine.You can get the flu vaccine from your GP, pharmacy or your Occupational Health Dept. if you work in healthcare.The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns contact your own Doctor.Dr Ciaran Roarty MB BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG is a full-time GP at Scally McDaid Medical Practice , Scally Place, Letterkenny, Tel 0749164111Doctors Dara Scally, Jimmy McDaid, and Ciaran Roarty at their practice.Medical Matters – Should I get the flu vaccine? was last modified: October 8th, 2017 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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