At this time of year many people look forward to warm days and sunshine, but hot weather can affect our health. This blog looks at how to stay safe in hot weather and who is most vulnerable.
Posts about the work of the Health Protection directorate
This summer the West Midlands is hosting the Commonwealth Games. Preparing for, and managing the Games, is a massive undertaking involving a diverse range of agencies from across the UK and the Commonwealth.
One of the most important tasks partners have is keeping the 6,600 competitors and their teams from 72 nations, around 40,000 volunteers, spectators (one million tickets have been sold) and the local community healthy during this huge event.
As Summer approaches, we look forward to travelling, taking holidays, attending events and enjoying more time outdoors. There are some simple things we can all do to stay safe throughout summer and to keep illness at bay as we enjoy the longer days and better weather.
Breathing in polluted air affects our health, reduces our life expectancy, and costs our society billions of pounds each year. It is estimated that two million healthy life years are lost in Europe due to the impacts of poor air …
UKHSA is urgently investigating a number of monkeypox cases recently identified in the UK. You can find our updates on this GOV.UK page. Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa. This is the first time …
Since January 2022, we have detected an increase in the number of acute (sudden onset) hepatitis cases in the UK in children aged 10 and under. This blog looks at the symptoms of hepatitis, how to avoid spreading childhood infections and what to do if your child is unwell with symptoms of a viral infection.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria that is carried by some species of ticks. People can get the disease if bitten by an infected tick. This blog looks at what Lyme disease is, how it is treated and how we can avoid it.
This blog looks at the current picture for TB in England and the work being carried out to drive down cases.
For UKHSA, our changing climate is one of the most challenging health security threats we face and understanding and mitigating its impact on our health is a key priority.
This year, it is more important than ever that we do everything we can to protect the population and the NHS from flu. The childhood flu vaccination programme is a key part of this. This blog looks at what is new for this year.