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This guide shows you how to research different aspects of family health on the Internet. There are many excellent websites available that offer wide and varied information on family health, but the guide will focus on the VHI and Health A to Z sites.

There is a universal requirement for health information. People of all ages are concerned about their health and that of their families, and are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Information on health issues, which previously was available only in health clinics and doctors’ surgeries in the form of handouts, booklets and leaflets, is now accessible through the medium of the Internet. More and more people are accessing this information for themselves at home, in libraries etc. Privacy regarding personal queries can be maintained, and information on the most up to date treatments, drugs and research is all there at the click of a mouse.

Why use the Internet?

Wide range of material available
The information available on family health and health in general online is wide and varied. Information on all aspects of health, from common children’s ailments such as colds, measles, and meningitis, to cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc., can be accessed.

There are many health websites -local, national and international -that are well-designed and easy to browse. Many are category based, making searching quick and easy.

Note of caution
It is important to check that the information source is accurate and up-to-date. We recommend that you choose websites that comply with procedures as set by governing bodies such as the Irish Medical Association, or The World Health Organization. Some sites, such as Health A to Z, are in compliance with the HONcode (Health on the Net Code). Medically trained and qualified professionals have provided the advice and information given. The HONcode logo is usually displayed at the bottom of such sites.

Disclaimer: Health websites are intended for information purposes only. They are not meant as a substitute for the advice provided by a medical professional. Always consult a doctor or qualified professional if you have personal concerns!
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