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What is RSS?

Get the latest news from the Health Protection Agency with our RSS feed

The HPA offers an RSS feed for our press releases and website updates. The RSS feed automatically updates as stories are added to the site, alerting you to the latest news.

What is RSS?

RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication. It's an XML file that can be read by special feed reading software or a web service you can use from your web browser. Put the address of our RSS feed into your reader, and it will display the latest headlines, each one with a synopsis and link that will take you to the full story.
That means you can stay in touch with many different sources of news and information. It's quicker than revisiting a site several times a day to check for updates, as feed readers scan for updates and display them for you.

How to use RSS feeds

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. All allow you to display and subscribe to the RSs feeds you want.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, have functionality which automatically picks up RSS feeds for you. For more details on these, please check their websites.

To view our RSS feed you need software called a feed reader or aggregator. Feed readers you could try include:


Windows users:


Mac OS X users:


Web-based reader:


Once you have installed a feed reader you can add the HPA RSS feed by clicking on the HPA news feed link in the bottom right hand corner of this page (and every other page of this web site). Set up the news feed by either dragging the URL of the RSS feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

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