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NEWS

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FLU/COVID vaccine AUTUMN 2023 

We will not be administering anymore Covid boosters for the time being. If you wish to avail of a booster contact your local Pharmacy or phone the HSE live on 1800700700. We are still administering the adult flu vaccine, The Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV) for adults aged 65 years and older, adults aged 18 to 64 years with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers and carers. Unfortunatley we do not have any more Children's nasal flu vaccinations in stock and are unable to obtain more. If you feel you would like your child vaccinated against flu please contact the Surgery to discuss your options with one of our Nurses. For appointments and clinic times please contact us on 0719321140 for more information visit the hse website or copy and paste the following link into your browser https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/flu/get-vaccine/

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Measles is a highly infectious virus that causes fever, cough, red and painful eyes, and a rash. The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). It is a live vaccine which means it contains weakened forms of the measles, mumps and rubella viruses. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give the best protection. The first dose is given by the Practice Nurse as part of the primary immunisation schedule at 12 months. The second dose “pre School booster” dose is usually given the Summer before the child is due to start School. The full course of MMR vaccine offers good protection against measles for 99% of people, against rubella (German measles) for 99% of people and against mumps for 88% of people. If you are unsure if you or your child is due/has had a vaccine or if you never availed of the vaccine and wish to do so now contact the Surgery on 0719321140. For more information visit the HSE website www2.hse.ie/conditions/measles/

Measles outbreak 

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The free contraception service has extend to include all women aged 17 - 31.  This covers all forms of GP led contraception including insertion & removal of: Implanon, IUS – Mirena & Kyleena , IUD – Copper Coil (including for emergency contraception). Long acting contraceptive device services are available to both patients and non patients of the practice.

FREE CONTRACEPTION SERVICES 

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From 12th August 2023 Free GP care for under 6's has extend to include children aged 6 and 7 (ie up to their 8th birthday) . If you have an existing valid GP visit card you do not need to take any action. If you do not have an existing GP visit card you will need to apply. To apply for this scheme or for more information visit the HSE website.

FREE GP CARE FOR CHILDREN 

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The income threshold for doctor visit cards has increased. Currently they are : Basic rates: Single person living alone aged up to 65: €184 for medical card and €304 for GP visit card Single person living alone aged 66 and over: €201.50 for medical card and €333 for GP visit card Single person living with family aged up to 65: €164 for medical card and €271 for GP visit card Single person living with family aged 66 and over: €173.50 for medical card and €286 for GP visit card Married, co-habiting couple/single parent family aged up to 65 with dependents: €266.50 for medical card and €441 for GP visit card Married, co-habiting couple/single parent family aged over 66 with dependents: €298 for medical card and €492 for GP visit card Information: These basic rates do not apply to the Over 70s GP Visit card or Under 8 GP Visit card schemes For more up to date information or to apply visit the HSE website

INCREASED INCOME THRESHOLD FOR DOCTOR VISIT CARDS  

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