Flu Vaccine Available

The 2016/17 influenza vaccine is now available from Kilmacud Medical Centre. If you are over 65 or suffer from any chronic illness you should consider availing of the vaccine. If you have a medical card the vaccine and administration is completely free. The vaccine itself does not contain any active virus and so contrary to popular myth it is not possible to contract influenza infection from the vaccine. If you are registered with the practice just phone us on 01-2881550 for an appointment. HEALTH BRITAIN FLU VACCINE

Meningitis B Vaccine

A vaccine is now available to protect adults and children against most strains of Meningitis B. This bacteria is the commonest cause of Meningitis and Septicaemia in Ireland with an average of 80 new cases per year. The vaccine can be given from 2 months of age onwards and like most other vaccines requires 2 or 3 administrations in order to be effective. There are some side effects and it costs around €110 per dose. If you like to find out more please discuss with either our practice nurse or GPs.

Early Appointments

8:30am appointments are now available from our practice on Monday mornings. The appointments are available for both the practice nurse and one of the GPs. These are our aimed at those who find it difficult to visit during working hours. Please contact our reception for more information.

Welcome Dr. Louise Marron

We welcome Dr Louise Marron to the practice. Louise has completed her four years on the TCD/HSE Vocational Training Programme for General Practice. She comes with a wealth of experience from her years as a hospital doctor and has been working in a number of other GP practices over the past three years. Louise replaces Dr Peter Joyce who has moved on to another practice having competed the training programme. He will be greatly missed by patients and staff and we wish him all the best for the future.

Short supply of Meningitis B Vaccine

The Meningitis B vaccine is no longer available through your pharmacy but we are able to access a limited number of this vaccine through our supplier. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine which costs €110 per shot please contact us for further information. The vaccine will be included in the national immunisation programme later this year but it is likely that it will be restricted to very small babies born late in 2016.

Zika Virus

A new virus called Zika virus has been spreading rapidly across South America and now poses a significant threat to travellers to there. Brazil, Mexico and a number of Caribbean countries are affected by the outbreak. The virus is contracted through mosquito bites and although the infection itself tends to be mild and usually only lasts 2 to 7 days it has significant complications particularly for women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant. The main risks appear to be to unborn children where it is thought to cause stillbirth and early neonatal deaths. It has also been linked to a condition called microcephaly in babies which leaves them with significant physical and intellectual disabilities.

As there is no known cure of Zika virus travellers to affected areas need to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.  If you are intending travelling to Africa, South East Asia, the Caribbean or South America over the next few months please make an appointment to discuss your risk and preventative steps with us. Further information on the virus can be obtained by clicking here.

Dr Aiden Meade RIP

It is with a heavy heart that we wish to inform all our patients and friends of Kilmacud Medical Centre that Dr Aiden Meade passed away peacefully on the 17th of DecemberAiden & Sr Deirdre last. Aiden set up the practice in 1962 and worked tirelessly with his colleague Dr Betty Ward  to serve the needs of Kilmacud, Stillorgan, Mount Merrion and further afield for over 30 years. Aiden had a huge and loyal following of patients which was reflected by the huge turnout at his funeral in St. Laurence’s Church, Kilmacud. He had an illustrious career outside of General Practice also having been actively involved in Medical Politics with the Medical Union and later the IMO. He was later elected president of the Irish College of General Practitioners in 1989 and set up the Sick Doctor Scheme which helped large numbers of Doctors return to work from addiction and psychiatric illness. We have heard from many of our patients about how he was there for them at difficult times in their lives and helped them through many catastrophes and crises. He will be sadly missed by all.

Ar dheis dé go raimh a anam dhhilis

Click here to read tribute to Aiden by Dr. Muiris Houston published in the Irish Medical Times

Pros and Cons of the Chickenpox Vaccine

Information on Chickenpox Vaccine (Varivax)

(adapted from HSE web site)


The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine provides protection against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox.

The chickenpox vaccine is not part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule. The vaccine is currently only offered to people who are particularly vulnerable to chickenpox.

The vaccine does not contain thiomersal (mercury) however as it is a “live” vaccine containing a weakened form of the virus, side effects are more common than with some other vaccines (see below).

Groups at risk from chickenpox

Chickenpox is a common childhood infection. In most cases the symptoms are mild and complications are rare. Almost all children develop immunity to chickenpox after infection, so only catch it once. The disease can be more severe in adults.

Certain groups of people are at greater risk of serious complications from chickenpox. These include people who have weakened immune systems through illness, such as HIV, or through treatment, such as chemotherapy.

Chickenpox can be very serious for an unborn baby when a pregnant woman catches the infection. It can cause a range of serious birth defects as well as severe disease in the baby when it is born.

How the vaccine works

The chickenpox vaccine contains a small amount of the live weakened varicella zoster virus.

The vaccine causes your immune system to produce antibodies that will help protect against chickenpox.

The vaccine is recommended for individuals who are likely to come into contact with people in the ‘at-risk’ groups. This is to reduce the risk of the individuals spreading the infection to those at risk.

For example, if you were having chemotherapy treatment, it would be recommended that non-immune children be given the chickenpox vaccination. Or if you were about to start work in a radiotherapy department and you had no previous history of chickenpox, the vaccine would be recommended.

How effective is the vaccine?

It has been shown that 9 out of 10 children vaccinated with a single dose will develop immunity against chickenpox. A two-dose schedule is now recommended for all, as it gives a better immune response.

Three-quarters of teenagers and adults who are vaccinated with two doses will develop immunity against chickenpox.


If the chickenpox vaccination is required, two doses are given with four to eight weeks between the doses. The doses are injected underneath the skin.

Who should have it

Healthcare workers

The chickenpox vaccination is recommended for healthcare workers who have no previous history of chickenpox. If you are uncertain whether you have had chickenpox in the past, contact your GP or occupational health department. A blood test will be used to check if you are immune to the disease.

Healthcare workers include anyone who is likely to come into contact with a patient, including medical and nursing staff and other workers such as:

  • hospital cleaners
  • hospital catering staff
  • ambulance staff
  • hospital or GP receptionists

Close contact with vulnerable people 

The chickenpox vaccination is also recommended for anyone who has no previous history of chickenpox and is likely to come into close contact with a person who has a weakened immune system.

If you think that you or a member of your family or household needs a vaccination, contact your GP for advice.

Children with severe disabilities living in residential units

The chickenpox vaccination is recommended for children with severe disabilities who never had chickenpox if they are living in special residential units.

Women of childbearing age

If you are a woman of childbearing age and think you never had chickenpox you should contact your GP for advice regarding vaccination. Vaccination is recommended for non-immune women of this age.

Who should not have it

People who have a weakened immune system should consult a doctor about whether or not they should have the vaccine.

The chickenpox vaccine should not be given to people who have experienced an anaphylactic reaction (serious allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the vaccine or to any of the ingredients used in the vaccine. If you are unsure whether this applies to you, ask your GP.

The chickenpox vaccine should not be given to pregnant women. If you are receiving the vaccine, do not become pregnant for three months after the last dose.

Vaccination is not recommended for people who are seriously unwell. It should be delayed until they recover.

Side Effects of the vaccine

The most common side effect of the chickenpox vaccine is soreness and redness around the site of the injection.

This side effect develops in around one in five children and one in four teenagers and adults.

A mild rash may occur in 1 in 10 children and 1 in 20 adults.

Serious side effects, such as anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction), are rare. They occur in less than 1 in 100,000 vaccination cases.

Other recognised side effects of the vaccine include Fever, upper respiratory infection, irritability and rash

Though the varicella vaccine is not part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule it is in other countries, such as the US and Germany.

Millions of doses of the vaccine have been given and there is no evidence of any increased risk of developing a long-term health condition as a result of the vaccination.


October 2015

Thank you for signing our peitition

Sincere thanks to all those who signed our petition to reopen Glenalbyn Swimming Pool. We got over 600 signatures! The petition will now be sent to local politicians and to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. We still await the report of the sub group of local councillors set to examine the issue of the closure and re-opening of the pool. However because the terms of reference were drafted to make the group look at the broader issue of the provision of amenities in the greater area we don’t expect the report from this group to change anything. Please contact your local TD or councillor yourself if you wish to see the pool reopened.swimmer

Sign our “Keep Glenalbyn Swimming Pool Open” petition

Glenalbyn swimming pool has served the needs of our community in Kilmacud, Stillorgan and surrounding areas for over 40 years. Many of us have learned to swim there and there is little doubt that over the years it has saved many from drowning and improved the health and fitness of our community. The pool however is under threat and at risk of being shut down permanently by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. It was shut down for repair work in Autumn 2013 and was due to be re-opened once these were completed. Unfortunately the council appear now to have decided to spend the money ear marked for this project elsewhere and it is very possible that our pool will be permanently closed. This would be a huge loss to our community and in particular the children attending our local schools.glenalbyn

We are running a petition at Kilmacud Medical Centre asking the council to spend the money on the repair of the pool and re-open it without further delay. We urge to you to support this campaign by signing our petition and by contact your local representatives seeking the re-opening of our swimming pool.