Book your child’s back-to-school eye exam

Book your child’s back-to-school eye exam

As the new school year begins, Ontario is reminding parents to make an optometry appointment for their children. Eighty per cent of classroom learning is visual. An annual comprehensive eye exam can identify vision problems and treatment options to help students reach their full potential. Children who have trouble seeing can encounter difficulties at school […]

How to safely thaw a turkey

How to safely thaw a turkey

Robert Finlin, Public Health Inspector A frozen turkey is safe. As soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria that are present before freezing will begin to grow.  Thawing a turkey unsafely can increase your chances of getting sick. You should never thaw on the counter, in the garage, on the back porch, in a brown paper […]

Summer safety tips for parents

Summer safety tips for parents

by Ann Marie Wieringa, Public Health Nurse As the weather gets warmer, playing at the beach, water park, lake, or in a pool can be a delight on a hot day. However, too much sun can be harmful to your child and a sunburn can happen in as little as 15 minutes. Also, drowning is […]

Health Unit reminds public to be aware and swim safe at local beaches

Health Unit reminds public to be aware and swim safe at local beaches

by Dai Yong, Public Health Inspector Beach water surveillance for 2017 began on June 12th. The Chatham-Kent Public Health will be sampling area beaches weekly during the summer to test for E. coli. E. coli is an “indicator organism” that may indicate the presence of harmful bacteria, parasites, and/or viruses. Although the Chatham-Kent Public Health […]

Two and a half thousand Canadians died of an opioid overdose in 2016

Two and a half thousand Canadians died of an opioid overdose in 2016

by Carolyn Martin, Public Health Nurse Google “opioid epidemic” and these are a few of the headlines you will see: Purdue Pharmaceuticals, makers of OxyContin, reach $1 Billion in annual sales, now admit purposely withholding proof that their product was highly addictive – ordered to pay $634.5 million for role in opioid crisis.  Opiate industry […]

Giving the gift of time

Giving the gift of time

by Laurel Cammmaart, Public Health Nurse For many of us, this summer will be filled with get-togethers and parties, connecting with family and friends.  If you are one of the lucky ones you will take part in some of the Canada’s 150 years young events.  Think for a moment about someone you know who is not able […]

Infant sleep

Infant sleep

Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Sleep is very important for a child’s growth and development. Newborns, when awake, are usually feeding and when done want to go back to sleep. Playtime is short at this age. For new parents it is difficult to know how often and how long a newborn should be sleeping. The average […]

Vaccines are safe, adverse events are rare

Vaccines are safe, adverse events are rare

by Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit What is an adverse event? It is an unexpected health effect resulting from a medication or a procedure such as surgery. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to promote health and prevent disease.  They protect us from serious diseases and save lives.  The risk of an adverse event to […]

West Nile Virus and standing water

West Nile Virus and standing water

by Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Summer is almost here, bringing with it mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are mostly a nuisance and their bites are uncomfortable, but certain mosquitoes can also be infected with the West Nile Virus. A bite from an infected mosquito can transmit the virus to people. West Nile Virus can cause an infection in […]

May 31st is ‘World No Tobacco Day’

May 31st is ‘World No Tobacco Day’

This May 31st marks ‘World No Tobacco Day’ as designated by the World Health Organization (WHO). ‘World No Tobacco Day’ began in 1987 to “draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes worldwide.” In Canada, a great amount of work has been accomplished in addressing the health related […]

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