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Medical Officer of Health columns, 2013

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  • Protect Yourself and Others – Get Your Annual Flu Shot

    Oct 28, 2013


    People often describe a variety of different ailments, from sneezes to stomach upsets, with the catch-all term “the flu.” But the real flu – influenza – is a serious respiratory illness that can leave you feeling very unwell and missing work or school for up to seven days.
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  • Ensure Risks Don’t Outweigh Benefits of Being Physically Active

    Aug 14, 2013


    Getting regular exercise, whether going to a fitness center, biking to work, or heading out on an afternoon hike, brings with it a long list of health benefits.
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  • Think Healthy – Swim Healthy – Be Healthy

    Jun 27, 2013


    Have you ever been to a pool and your eyes started to sting and turn red, or you got a whiff of a strong chemical smell and thought to yourself, “Wow, there’s a lot of chlorine in this pool?” It’s actually not the chlorine bothering you - it’s the chloramines.
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  • The Cold Truth about Alcohol Availability

    May 15, 2013


    The Ontario Convenience Store Association (OCSA) continues to lobby for changes to the Liquor License Act that would allow the sale of beer and wine in convenience stores, despite the fact that most Ontarians do not want or need more access to alcohol. The threat of strike action by Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) employees has provided the OCSA with their latest tactic in an attempt to reopen this discussion.
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  • Oral Health is Vital for Overall Health

    May 01, 2013


    Did you pay a visit to your dentist last year? While most in Ontario would answer “yes” to this question, a recent report from Public Health Ontario shows that a number of Ontarians have not visited a dentist in the past three years, with one in five citing cost as a barrier.
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  • Protect Your World – Get Immunized

    Apr 17, 2013


    Over the past 50 years, immunizations have saved more lives in Canada than any other known health intervention.
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  • Enjoy Safer Drinking Water – Get Your Well Water Tested Regularly

    Apr 03, 2013


    As the temperature gets warmer and the snow begins to melt, we start to see winter in the rearview mirror. As is our practice at this time of the year, the health unit would like to remind those of you who draw water from a private well to check the integrity of your well and to take water samples to detect the presence of any contamination that may have resulted from the spring snow melt and run-off.
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  • Protecting Students from Vaccine Preventable Diseases

    Jan 30, 2013


    Immunization against childhood diseases is one of the greatest public health success stories in history.
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  • Chlamydia - Common but Preventable

    Jan 23, 2013


    Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Simcoe Muskoka, with almost 1,300 cases reported in 2012, and yet it is preventable when the appropriate precautions are taken. Those aged 15-24 make up more than 60 per cent of all cases.
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