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
Anam Cara Galway, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 2nd of May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.
Finally, we are back up and running almost as normal.
We have no heating and no carpets but phones are back.
We do have a bit of a backlog of appointments to get through but we're getting there.