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Protect your child from polio risk

Parents of children under five in Wales are being urged to make sure their child is up to date with their vaccinations after poliovirus was found in UK waste water.

Take up the offer of a Covid booster vaccine, amid signs of a possible autumn wave.

Public Health Wales is urging people in eligible groups to take up the offer of a Covid-19 booster vaccine.  The alert comes as community transmission, hospitalisations and deaths from Covid-19 have increased in recent weeks – early signs of a possible autumn wave.

Wales' drug deaths a complex picture

A complex and evolving pattern of drug use and availability is resulting in increased drug deaths in Wales, with two thirds of deaths in 2021 involving a combination of drugs, including alcohol and prescription medicines.  

A history of adverse childhood experiences increases parents' risks of using physical punishment towards children

A new paper shows that suffering adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as child maltreatment and exposure to domestic violence can affect individuals’ parenting behaviours later in life.

Differences in pregnancy outcomes 'unfair' 

Health improvement experts, have highlighted unfair differences in pregnancy outcomes and the critical role that maternity services can play in identifying and adapting approaches for those parents in higher risk groups.

Welsh Fire and Rescue Services urge residents to 'Stay Fire Safe' this winter 

All Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and Public Health Wales are urging people to take simple steps to protect themselves from accidental fires and carbon monoxide poisoning as they look to keep warm and cut energy use this winter.

Bowel cancer screening age lowered to 55

Bowel cancer screening will be made available to more people in Wales as home testing is expanded to include 55-57 year olds.

Local Public Health Team transfer 

As of 1 October 2022, Local Public Heath Team staff are now employed by the relevant Health Boards.

New Public Health Outcomes Framework reporting tool released by Public Health Wales – the first update since 2019
Public Health Wales funding enables expansion of HIV PrEP medication tracker, Preptrack, in multiple languages including Welsh

Funding from Public Health Wales has meant that an app designed to help PrEP users take their medication more effectively, is now available on Android and in multiple languages, including Welsh.