• Wash your hands to help stop the spread of winter virus Wash your hands to help stop the spread of winter virus

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding the public what action they can take to help prevent catching seasonal flu as it continues to circulate this winter.

    Dr Lucy Jessop, Consultant in Health Protection, PHA, advises: “Even after you have received the flu vaccine, it is still important to maintain good hygiene. This will help to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading winter viruses such as flu and norovirus. Hand washing with soap and warm water is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infections, as well as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing of it quickly and carefully in a bin.

  • Cancer campaign to raise awareness and save livesCancer campaign to raise awareness and save lives

    At least one in three of us will get cancer, and with an increasing number of cases each year in Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is launching a major new campaign aimed at raising awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and encouraging people to speak to their GP if they experience any of them.

  • PHA issues avian flu advice for travellers to Asia during Chinese New YearPHA issues avian flu advice for travellers to Asia during Chinese New Year

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding travellers from Northern Ireland going to Asia to celebrate the Chinese New Year on the 19 February that avian influenza is circulating in birds in parts of China and that simple precautions can reduce your risk of exposure.

  • Public Health Agency issues drug alert Public Health Agency issues drug alert

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is warning about the dangers of an MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) ecstasy tablet which may be in circulation in Northern Ireland.

    The warning comes after a number of people were hospitalised in England after taking yellow tablets marked with a ‘UPS’ logo. Pills with a similar appearance have now been seized in Northern Ireland.

  • Stay sun safe on your half term ski break Stay sun safe on your half term ski break

    Sunscreen is one holiday essential that often gets left behind when people pack for a winter holiday, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are reminding travellers not to forget about sunscreen during their half term get-away.

The switchboard number for the PHA’s Headquarters at Linenhall Street, Belfast has changed to 0300 555 0114. Click here for more information.

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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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Wash your hands to help stop the spread of winter virus

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding the public what action they can take to help prevent catching seasonal flu as it continues to circulate this winter.

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2014/2015

Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 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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Cancer campaign to raise awareness and save lives

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 12:01am - News

At least one in three of us will get cancer, and with an increasing number of cases each year in Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is launching a major new campaign aimed at raising awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and enco...

Health Protection Symposium - Thursday 26 February 2015

Monday, 23 February 2015 - News

The first Northern Ireland PHA Health Protection Symposium is scheduled for Thursday 26 February 2015 in the Lagan Valley Island Centre, Lisburn.

The HP Symposium will include an overview of the work of the Public Health...