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Medical Officer of Health columns, 2015
Thanks to local veterinarians for helping to prevent rabies
Dec 04, 2015
The health unit has a mandate to â€œprevent the occurrence of rabies in humans.â€ This is no light responsibility: So far this year the health unit has investigated more than 1,100 animal exposures in Simcoe Muskoka, with 806 of those animals requiring quarantines.
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones - Get the Annual Flu Vaccine
Nov 30, 2015
This is the time of the year we begin to hear a lot about the flu. Influenza, also called the flu, is a serious disease. It is a virus that spreads easily from person to person, mainly, through sneezing and coughing.
Breastfeeding Friendly Places in Simcoe Muskoka
Oct 27, 2015
Across Simcoe and Muskoka, businesses, organizations and municipalities are being encouraged to participate in a campaign to support parents to breastfeed in public by becoming a breastfeeding friendly place.
Help make your school a healthy one
Oct 15, 2015
What makes a school healthy? Healthy schools inspire students, parents and teachers to make the school environment a safe, welcoming, active and inclusive one.
Are We Doing Too Little Too Late? The Growing Number of Gonorrhea Cases and Antibiotic Resistance
Sep 24, 2015
Gonorrhea is here, more people are getting it, and that is bad news. Last year, the number of gonorrhea cases reported in Ontario hit its highest point in a decade.
Mosquito-borne viruses can easily be prevented
Aug 18, 2015
Summer is an ideal time to develop healthy physical activity habits through hiking, cycling or simply heading to a park with the children. It is also important, though, to take necessary precautions against related hazards such as excessive sun and heat exposure, and to vector-borne diseases.
Flavoured tobacco ban and e-cigarette restrictions good news for youth health
Jul 10, 2015
This spring the Ontario government made important changes to laws governing tobacco industry products that will help our youth stay tobacco and nicotine free. Two of the most notable changes include a ban on flavoured tobacco and a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to anyone under 19.
A green commute is a healthy commute
Jun 16, 2015
We know that greenhouse gases cause climate change, and that climate change has enormous implications for public health. Some effects are already beginning to manifest themselves.
Lyme Disease: What you should know
May 15, 2015
Ticks are common parasites of wild animals. Unfortunately they also see humans as convenient hosts.
Alcohol sales: an imbalance between convenience and public health
Apr 20, 2015
Ontario has moved recently toward wider and more liberal access to alcohol. Under pressure from commercial lobbies and at the recommendation of a panel headed by former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, the province has now announced it will bring the sale of beer into grocery stores, with the potential for wine to follow.
TB â€“ forgotten perhaps, but still a threat
Mar 20, 2015
Tuberculosis doesnâ€™t make headlines very often. The lack of news could mislead people into thinking it is not a concern.
Are you Ready to be Thirsty?
Jan 28, 2015
When I was approached to participate in an alcohol-free challenge for the month of February as part of the health unitâ€™s Ready to be Thirsty campaign, I saw it as a great opportunity to raise awareness about the impacts of immoderate alcohol consumption on people's health in Simcoe Muskoka.
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