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Covid 19 Vaccinations

We fully appreciate that the changing nature of the vaccine rollout has lead to additional stress and worry for all concerned. As we receive information we will update this page. 

 

Updated 7/04/2021:

King's Island Medical Centre is at present vaccinating patients who are 70 years and older for Covid 19.

The vaccine we are administering  is the Pfizer Vaccine. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html

We receive a vaccine delivery every 2 weeks and the vaccines are all administered on the day of delivery. We have been instructed to start vaccinating over 85yr old patients and subsequently vaccinate age groups, 80 to 85yrs, 75 to 80yr olds... until all over 70 yr old patients are vaccinated. 

If you are a patient of the practice and 70 yrs or older we will contact you when we receive the vaccines for your age group to arrange an appointment.

We have opted in to vaccinating patients in categories 4a and possibly 7 ( https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/rollout/rollout.html )with the Astrazeneca Vaccine. We are awaiting delivery of these vaccines. It is likely that they will be delivered to us within the next 4 weeks. When we have a date of delivery we will contact patients in these catogeries.

We do not choose the vaccine for the different age/risk categories - this is decided at a national level.   

 

 

COVID-19 - Coronavirus Updates

       Due to the Covid19 crisis there is no walk in entry to the practice.

Not everything can wait until this crisis is over- if you have an urgent medical problem contact us.

If you think you need an appointment please phone the surgery.

Information about self isolation and restricting your movements

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus for 14 days after the onset of symptoms. This is necessary even if you will not be getting a test for Coronavirus.

More information here: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-limited-social-interaction.html

Those who have family member awaiting testing for Covid 19

If you live with someone who is symptomatic and is waiting for testing or test, you should restrict your movements for 14 days.

10 Sun Safety Top Tips You Need To Know Now  

Here’s a few ‘top tips’ to keep your skin in ‘tip top’ shape:

Remember A for ageing and B for burning
The sun is a source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and there are two types we need to know about: UVA and UVB.

UVA rays penetrate more deeply through the layers of the skin than UVB. Think A for ageing – UVA is associated with skin ageing as well as skin cancer. Did you know that UVA can pass through window glass and is present year round, even on cloudy days.

Think B for burning -UVB rays are mainly responsible for sunburn but can’t pass through window glass. UVB is strongly associated with two types of skin cancer – malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. More about UV here.

Sunscreens act like mirrors or sponges
Sunscreens help protect our skin by filtering out the sun’s UV rays. Depending on their active ingredients, sunscreen can act like a mirror, reflecting UV radiation away from the skin (e.g. when it contains filters such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) or a sponge, and absorb UV radiation.

Sunscreen labelling – what to look out for
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and shows the degree of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB only. It is rated on a scale from 2-50+. Remember, the higher the factor, the greater the level of protection against UVB.

Protection against UVA is often indicated by a star system or a UVA logo enclosed within a circle. The higher the number of stars, the greater the level of protection.

What dermatologists recommend
Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30+, with high UVA protection (ideally 4 or 5 stars), and water-resistant if you intend on swimming, in addition to protective clothing and shade.

Most people don’t apply sunscreen correctly – here’s how it’s done:

Correct amount: you should apply at least 1 teaspoon to each body part – Head/Face/Neck ; Each Arm ; Each Leg ; Your Front ; Your Back
Correct locations: don’t forget your ears, your neck, your nose, the tops of your feet and (if your hair is thinning) your scalp!
Correct timing: apply sunscreen at least 20-30 minutes before you go out in the sun
Correct frequency: reapply sunscreen frequently (at least every 2 hours), especially if you are exercising or swimming, or after towel drying
Correct use: don’t be lulled into a false sense of security! Sunscreen should not be your main method of sun protection – you should also seek shade (particularly between 11am -3pm when UV rays are strongest) and wear sun protective clothing
Know your skin type
A person’s natural skin colour influences their vulnerability to sun damage and risk of skin cancer so it’s a good idea to know your skin type, to get a better sense of the care you need to take in the sun. More here.

Some people think a tan is healthy! NOT TRUE! A tan indicates that skin has been damaged by UV radiation, this damage is cumulative!

UV radiation passes through clouds, glass and water!
Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean you are shielded from the sun. Over 90% of UV can pass through light cloud, at half a metre depth under water UV is still 40% as intense as at the surface, and some UV can pass through glass! Learn more here.

No sunbaking
Your risk of sunburn depends on your location, the time of year and time of day. Severe sunburns, especially in childhood, can lead to skin cancer including melanoma. So remember, no sunbaking and no sun burning.

5 steps to treating sunburn

Use a moisturiser to help soothe sunburned skin. Try storing it in the fridge so it feels cool on application.
Stay hydrated by drinking extra water.
Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling, redness and discomfort.
If your skin blisters, leave the blisters intact to help the skin heal and to reduce the risk of infection.
Take extra care to protect your skin while it heals by avoiding the sun and wearing protective clothing.
Enjoy the sun safely
Remember the five ‘Ss’ of sun safety – Slip on a t-shirt, Slop on (broad-spectrum) sunscreen factor 30+, Slap on a hat, Slide on sunglasses, Seek shade.

 

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