Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. The government wants everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness.




  1. Health Protection Report volume 12 (2018)

    • Research and analysis
  2. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2017

    • Research and analysis
  3. High consequence infectious diseases: monthly summaries

    • Research and analysis

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  1. Mortality: weekly all-cause mortality surveillance

    • Official Statistics
  2. Weekly national flu reports

    • Official Statistics
  3. Norovirus and rotavirus: summary of surveillance 2017 to 2018

    • Official Statistics

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Detailed guides

  1. MMR catchup programme: diagnosis, case management, and advice

    How to confirm a measles diagnosis, manage cases and contacts, control infection, and vaccinate young or partially-covered patients. Read more

  2. Whooping cough (pertussis): immunisation of healthcare workers

    Immunisation of health professionals during whooping cough outbreaks. Read more

  3. Submit a referee sample to the Government Chemist

    Guidance for local authorities, port health authorities and food traders on how to submit a sample for referee analysis. Read more

  4. Submit a supplementary expert opinion sample

    Guidance for food traders on how to submit a sample to the Government Chemist for supplementary expert opinion. Read more

  5. Space weather and radiation

    Space weather events pose a risk to technology, infrastructure, electrical systems and, to a limited extent, public health. Read more