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Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2010

The annual scientific meeting of the Irish Thoracic Society for 2010 will take place this weekend (5th and 6th of November) in Cork. The Alpha One Foundation will have a stand at the event along with four posters. This meeting is a great chance to increase awareness of AATD and...

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That time of year again…

As we head towards winter it’s time again for Alpha-1 patients to contact their GPs to get the annual flu vaccine. Vaccines are the best line of defence we have against a flu virus as the flu vaccine reduces infection and associated illnesses and hospitalisation. For more information please see the HSE website...

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Alpha-1 Patient Meeting 2010

We are happy to announce the details of our Annual Patient Conference for 2010 which is taking place on Friday, October 8th, at 10.00am in Marino Institute of Education, on Griffith Avenue on the northside of Dublin city centre. The Institute is easily accessed from the M50 and is situated...

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Charity Fashion Sale

A Charity Fashion sale will take place in aid of the Alpha One Foundation in the Glenroyal Hotel, on Friday 19th February 2010, 7.00pm – till late.  Music with DJ, spot prizes and raffles galore. Tickets €5. Large selection of new and nearly new clothes on available on the night. Contact...

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Update on Swine Flu Vaccine Clinic Locations

Health Service Executive (HSE) and Department of Health Swine Flu Update 30th October 2009: From Monday 2nd November the HSE will have 45 specialised clinics around the country to provide vaccinations for at risk patients whose GPs are not offering the vaccine (these are listed below along with opening times). ...

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Swine Flu Vaccine Recommendation for Alpha-1 Patients

The HSE and Department of Health have announced details of the Swine Flu Vaccination Programme, which will commence on 2nd November.  As very few people in Ireland have any immunity to Swine Flu, over the coming months, the HSE will offer a Swine Flu vaccine to the entire population. However, as...

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Info Centre

What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin?

Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a vital protein produced by the liver to protect the lungs. It provides protection from the harmful effects of infections and inhaled irritants, particularly tobacco smoke. It can be easily measured by a simple blood test. 

What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition which, after cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic disorder in Ireland. It severely affects more than 15,000 people, with another 250,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease on the island of Ireland. It is a proven genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

How Do I Get Tested?

The Alpha-1 Foundation Ireland provides free testing for Alpha-1 as part of a national screening programme which is funded by the HSE.  It is a simple blood test.  For more details ring 01-8093871 or email