EHIC

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

•The up­take of the vac­cines for preg­nant women to re­duce the risk of flu and whoop­ing cough is be­low tar­get and is linked to fears about safety, ac­cord­ing to a new study. •Preg­nant women at­tend­ing for care were asked to fill out a ques­tion­naire dur­ing an­te­na­tal vis­its to their GP be­tween Novem­ber 2015 to March 2016. •Dr Ann O’ Con­nell and col­leagues of IF YOU are vis­it­ing another EU coun­try or Switzer­land in the near fu­ture, it’s worth get­ting a Euro­pean Health In­sur­ance Card (EHIC).

It’s free and en­ti­tles you to health care if you be­come ill or in­jured while on a tem­po­rary stay.

One card is needed for each in­di­vid­ual or mem­ber of the fam­ily. You will need to pro­vide your name, ad­dress, date of birth and PPS num­ber if you ap­ply at a lo­cal health of­fice.

You may be asked to show ev­i­dence of your PPS num­ber, such as a P60 or a So­cial Ser­vices Card. You may also need to show proof that you are or­di­nar­ily res­i­dent in Ire­land.

You can ap­ply on­line at ehic.ie ,bu­ty­ouneed to be reg­is­tered for the med­i­cal card or drugs pay­ment scheme. the South East GP Train­ing Scheme found a ma­jor­ity believe both dis­eases are se­ri­ous dur­ing preg­nancy or in­fancy. •But many are un­sure on vac­ci­na­tion safety. Some 91pc con­sider their GP’s ad­vice re­li­able on this mat­ter. The key mes­sage is that health care provider rec­om­men­da­tion is the most pow­er­ful tool to im­prove up­take, ‘Ir­ish Med­i­cal Jour­nal’ find­ings re­vealed.

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