Stay Safe this Christmas

With the Christmas and New Year holiday period fast approaching, Public Health Gibraltar re-enforces its advice on staying safe by: Maintaining hand and respiratory hygiene Wearing masks/face coverings as advised Avoiding crowded areas Maintaining recommended physical distancing guidelines As with all festive bank holidays, there will be a limited number[…]

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Who should have the Pfizer mRNA Vaccine?

The vaccine is recommended for all those over 80 years and those who form part of a ‘high-risk’ group. It is also recommended as part of the normal vaccination schedule for most; there are some exceptions, read more here. Following the second recommended dose, the Pfizer vaccine has shown 95%[…]

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The Pfizer mRNA vaccine and allergy

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination contains a type of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) which can cause allergic reactions. PEGs are very widely used in several medicines such as laxatives and cosmetics such as toothpastes and skin creams; and most of the population will have been exposed to it before. In the large Pfizer/BioNTech[…]

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Tips for coping with masks and face coverings

Wearing a mask/face covering is a new experience for many; you may not ever feel totally comfortable with wearing one. However, current evidence indicates that masks/face coverings are instrumental in preventing and controlling onward transmission of the covid-19 virus. Mind charity for mental health has put together some tips for[…]

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Antibiotic Awareness Week, 18th-22nd November 2020

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to inspire best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. What is antimicrobial resistance? Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health concern; and[…]

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World COPD Day, 18th November 2020

World COPD Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. This day is marked to raise awareness, share knowledge, and discuss ways to reduce the burden of COPD worldwide. The theme for World COPD[…]

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Covid-19 and Diabetes

On Thursday 30th January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern with millions around the world known to be affected. People of all ages can be infected with Covid-19; and for the majority of those infected, symptoms are[…]

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November is Men’s Mental Health month

Both men and women experience many of the same difficulties, however, some issues on mental health may be particularly relevant for men. Ways in which men and women have been traditionally expected to behave may play some role in mental health. For men, societal beliefs about masculinity and how men[…]

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Returning to normal life in the midst of a continuing pandemic

*page updated April 2021 Over the last year, many people have spent a lot more time indoors than normal, especially those who have been shielding because of a health condition(s). Whilst most have begun a return to some sense of normality, it is still important to exercise caution. Many friends[…]

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World Stroke Day

Stroke is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death.  Research shows that globally 1 in 4 adults over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. World Stroke Day is an annual global event held on 29th October that focuses on highlighting[…]

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