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Alert:

Costco’s Nature's Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend frozen berries have been recalled due to an outbreak of Hepatitis A. If you have any of the product, do not use it and throw the package out.

If you’ve eaten the product in the last 14 days and have not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A, you should get a Hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible. Please call your health care provider or the health unit if you have questions or concerns.

See this CFIA page for more information about the recall.

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Notice:

There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada.

Travellers should contact the Porcupine Health Unit well in advance to inquire about whether or not Yellow Fever vaccine is required. The Porcupine Health Unit will then be able to advise you on your options including possibly travelling out of town to receive the Yellow Fever vaccine. 

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Notice:

The Porcupine Health Unit will be closed on Monday, August 1, 2016 for the Civic Holiday.

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Blacklegged Tick Found in Area

Timmins, Ontario—Thursday, June 30, 2016. The Porcupine Health Unit has confirmed the presence of a blacklegged tick, a species associated with Lyme disease, within the area. According to Dr. Lianne Catton, the Medical Officer of Health at the Porcupine Health Unit, our area has been identified as a low risk area for Lyme disease, so the risk to humans is very low. A blacklegged tick was brought in to the Porcupine Health Unit and sent to Public Health Ontario laboratories for testing.


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Add the Medicine Cabinet to your Spring Cleaning List

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Public Health Nurse Angie Royal explains that disposing of the left over painkillers from your surgery, the antibiotics you stopped taking because you were feeling better, and other medications can prevent poisoning, misuse and abuse.


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Be Sun Smart!

Follow these sun safety tips from Public Health Nurse, Valerie Genier, and you’ll be on your way to a healthy and active summer.


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What you need to know about heavy metals in Hollinger Park

The Porcupine Health Unit with the City of Timmins has notified the public about higher than normal levels of lead, arsenic and antimony in the surface soil in various areas of Hollinger Park. We acknowledge the potential risk of the presence of heavy metals however, want to reassure users that we do not expect any adverse health effects from exposure to the soil from normal use of the park.


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Pick up a free Stay On Your Feet kit

If you’re an older adult, you could be at risk for experiencing a fall. The Porcupine Health Unit wants you to stay active, stay independent and stay on your feet. Come to the Porcupine Health Unit and pick up a free Stay On Your Feet kit.


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safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.


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Become a Certified Food Handler

Everyone who handles food must take care to ensure food is handled and prepared safely. Food safety is everyone's responsibility. The most effective method for preventing food-borne illnesses is food handler education.