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 …
Posts about the work of the Health Protection directorate
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.
The latest edition of Health Matters, PHE’s professional resource, focuses on the national flu immunisation programme and the delivery of the 2020/21 programme. This blog provides a summary of the full edition’s content.
I love my job. For ten years I have worked at Public Health England (PHE) and its predecessor, the Health Protection Agency, responding to major public health emergencies including the ebola outbreak and the Novichok poisoning. There is nothing more …
As we start to see more coronavirus cases in the UK, and more widespread community transmission of the virus, further measures to reduce the contact people have with each other may be needed. In this blog we explain what these measures, sometimes referred to as social distancing, mean.