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“Not all children are being treated equally”

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Killarney mother urges government to implement vaccine for all children

A Killarney mother says not all children are being treated equally after discovering that the potentially life-saving meningitis B vaccine is only available to some children.

Danielle Kissane from Park Road, who is mom to Jack (6) and Kate, who is almost 3, now faces a cost of up to €700 to vaccinate both her children – but says it’s a price she’s willing to pay.
Last week Danielle discovered that a vaccination against meningitis B has been routinely offered free since October 2016 but that children born before this will not receive the B vaccine. Last Thursday she brought the issue to the attention of the nation on the Joe Duffy show.
And although the vaccine can cost €115 to €150 per injection with two required, costing parents up to €300 or more per child – she’s urging parents to pay it.
She has also raised the issue with TD John Brassil, spokesperson on Primary Care Community and Health Services, who says he will raise it in the Dáil next week.
However, Danielle isn’t willing to wait and take the chance as she says there have been 11 cases of meningitis notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre since the last week of December – of which three have already died.
And she says that Simon Harris has rejected calls for the government to provide a free meningitis vaccine to all children claiming it went against the advice of clinicians.
“I would strongly urge any parent with children born before October 1, 2016 and that are under the age of 18 to please vaccinate your children – even if they have to pay for it,” Danielle told the Killarney Advertiser.
“You can’t take the chance. The children of this country are being discriminated against based on their date of birth, which to me makes no sense on any level and is actually putting children’s lives at risk.”
Armed with her information she got in touch with Fianna Fail TD John Brassil who is the spokesperson on Primary Care Community and Health Services.
“John was absolutely appalled on hearing this information and immediately set to work on his own investigations. I spoke on the Joe Duffy show on Thursday to highlight the issue and by that evening John Brassil was speaking about it on Drivetime. John will also be raising it in the Dáil next week when it returns, where he will be calling for full vaccinations.”

She added that it is not just young children affected – the disease affects all ages and is quite prevalent in college students.
“The bottom line here is that there should be a law put in place that if a vaccine schedule changes there should be catch up vaccines put in place for all children who did not receive the vaccine regardless of their date of birth.”

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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