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Get Active in 2019: Tips to achieve your New Year’s fitness goals

Getting more active is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions made every January, as thousands look to spark a positive change in their well being and shed their holiday pounds. Gyms around the country reach their peak capacity as members new and old arrive full of motivation and ambition, yet many find it... Read more >

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Wheezing or Sneezing? Ask A Pharmacist with Jane Brennan

Jane Brennan of Life Pharmacy Donabate answers some of the most commonly asked questions about cold & flu. Why are a cold and flu so prevalent in winter? Flu and the common cold circulate more at this time of year especially in areas with larger groups, for example in workplaces and schools. It’s not too late to get... Read more >

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Cold & Flu – Ask A Pharmacist with Anne Smyth

Life Pharmacy’s Anne Smyth answers some of the most commonly asked questions about cold & flu – featured in the Irish Independent’s ‘Mother & babies’ supplement 5 December 2018. Why are a cold and flu so prevalent in winter? It’s a time of year when our immune systems need to be at its best. My advice is to be... Read more >

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Articles in Pneumococcal infections

NHS Choices - Introduction

(06/10/2014)

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, and range from mild to severe.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of pneumococcal infections

(06/10/2014)

Your symptoms will vary, depending on the type of pneumococcal infection you have. Symptoms include fever, chills and a headache.

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NHS Choices - Causes of pneumococcal infections

(06/10/2014)

There are more than 90 different strains of S. pneumoniae, and some are much more likely to cause serious infection (virulent) than others.

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NHS Choices - Diagnosing pneumococcal infections

(06/10/2014)

There are several ways to diagnose pneumococcal infections, and the tests you have will depend on your symptoms.

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NHS Choices - Preventing pneumococcal infections

(06/10/2014)

Children under two should receive the PCV as part of their childhood immunisation schedule. Simple hygiene precautions can also help to prevent infection.

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