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A parent’s guide to keeping kids healthy this school term

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As a new school year begins, parents can help to slow the spread of seasonal illnesses and avoid unnecessary absences. This article covers the role of healthy hygiene habits, vaccination, spotting the symptoms of common illnesses, and how to make informed decisions on whether a sick student is well enough to attend school or college.

How does climate change threaten our health? From flooding to wildfires

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Men retrieving a car that has been abandoned in flood water

The Health Effects of Climate Change report summarises the latest science on health threats from climate change in the UK. Since the last report in 2012, both the evidence and the risks have greatly escalated. Read 11 key takeaways in our latest post.

How to improve air quality in your home while making it more energy efficient

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Window frame edged with mould

Climate change is a growing threat, and our homes contribute significantly to the problem through energy use and emissions. However, as we make our homes more energy-efficient, we need to ensure they remain healthy environments. On average in the UK, …

How GPs help us monitor the spread of flu and the effectiveness of vaccines

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Close up of a female clinician's hands holding cotton swab and test tube.

Established in 1957, the Royal College of GPs Research and Surveillance Centre is one of Europe's oldest general practice sentinel networks. It is an active research and surveillance unit that collects and monitors data from over 2000 practices across England and Wales.

The RCGP collaborates with the University of Oxford, and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the running of the RSC, and in this blog we will explore the importance of surveillance data how it underpins our understanding of our health across the nation.

A look back at the UKHSA annual conference for 2023

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Attendees at the UKHSA 2023 conference

Our second annual conference, UKHSA2023, brought together a range of people involved in public health and health protection science for speeches, panel discussions and exhibitions. It was a fascinating and busy 2 days in Leeds, with representatives joining from across the sector.

Achieving more equitable outcomes: UKHSA Health Equity for Health Security Strategy

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Ahead of conference 2023, we outline UKHSA's progress on health equity efforts and developing a 3-year roadmap to address inequities like uneven vaccination rates, that leave some groups disproportionately impacted by health threats, to ensure safety for all communities. Read more in our latest blog post.

How Weather-Health Alerts differ from the National Severe Weather Warning Service

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Car window and wing mirror as car is driven through snow

During both the summer and winter seasons, UKHSA and the Met Office monitor weather forecasts to help health and social care professionals, responders, the voluntary sector and the public cope with adverse weather. Where episodes of particularly hot or cold …