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BCG TB vaccine: frequently asked questions

How well does the vaccine work? Why is TB still a problem? How common is TB in the UK? Is TB contagious? How do I know if my baby needs the BCG vaccination? I have an allergy. Could anything in the BCG vaccine trigger that…

BCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine

The BCG vaccine protects against tuberculosis, which is also known as TB. TB is a serious infection which affects the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body, such as the bones, joints and kidneys. It can also cause meningitis. Read more about tuberculosis (TB). Who should have the…

Beach safety

Every summer, lifeguards respond to thousands of incidents on UK beaches. To stay safe at the seaside, be informed about the dangers and follow these simple tips. In 2014, lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) responded to 17,050 incidents, helping more than 19,350 people in difficulty on some…

Beat the bloat

Get rid of bloating by cutting out fizzy drinks and foods that cause wind. Sit down to eat and take regular exercise. Most of us have experienced the feeling of being bloated, when your tummy is stretched, puffy and uncomfortable. It often happens after a big…

Beat the workplace energy slump

Research has shown that the most common time for energy slumps is 2.16pm, when workers feel drained and unable to concentrate in the afternoon. Before you reach for the chocolate bar or packet of crisps, try these energy boosters instead. Mid-afternoon snacks The energy boost…

Beating bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is often regarded as a condition that affects only young women, but it can affect men and women of any age. Read on to find out what it is and possible causes.  What is bulimia? Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterised by bingeing…

Bedwetting in under fives

Up to the age of five, wetting the bed is normal. It usually stops happening as your child gets older without the need for any treatment. up to one in five five-year-olds wet the bed 1 in 20 10-year-olds wet the bed about 1 in 50 teenagers wet the bed 1…

Before sex: what to ask your partner

Whether you've been together for years or you've only just met, if sex is part of your relationship or is going to be, it's important to talk about it. Here's how. Talking about sex doesn't have to be difficult or embarrassing. If you feel that it is,…

Before you travel

From travel insurance to vaccinations, here's what to think about before you travel. Start preparing for your trip, especially long trips, 4 to 6 weeks before you go. Read the latest health and safety advice for the country you're travelling using: GOV.UK TravelHealthPro country information Find out if you…

Benefits of breastfeeding

Benefits of breastfeeding It's never too early to start thinking about how you're going to feed your baby. But you do not have to make up your mind until your baby is born. your breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby breast milk protects…
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