Update – Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce
This notice is being updated to reflect that the outbreak appears to be over. The risk to Canadians has returned to low and the Public Health Agency of Canada is no longer advising individuals in affected provinces to consider consuming other types of lettuce, instead of romaine lettuce. Details on the Public Health Agency of Canada website.
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.
Hearst branch of the Porcupine Health Unit is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
During the summer months of July and August our hours change to 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
We have regularly scheduled clinics available by appointment for immunization, travel vaccines, and sexual health.
For after hours emergency inspection service, please call our toll free number, 1-800-461-1818, where someone can be reached 24 hours a day.
At any age, vaccination provides the longest-lasting, most effective protection against disease. Childhood immunization does not provide lifelong immunity against some diseases such as tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria.
Since emergencies can happen at any time and occur anywhere, individuals and families should be prepared to take care of themselves for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency. Being prepared is something we can all do to lessen the effects of an emergency.
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.
Bed bugs are small insects (about the size of an apple seed) with oval-shaped bodies and no wings. They usually come out and bite at night. It is possible for anyone, anywhere to experience a bed bug infestation, but they can be prevented and controlled.
UPDATE - An update from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the sampling at Remi Lake in Moonbeam has indicated no presence of microcystins, the toxin produced by blue-green algae. The Porcupine Health Unit reminds residents to follow these precautions when algae blooms are visible in the water.
Many businesses display the International Breastfeeding Friendly Place Logo to encourage your family to feel supported while nursing your baby, but also to demonstrate that you are welcome to breastfeed whenever and wherever.
The Porcupine Health Unit is pleased to offer a breastfeeding peer-support group in some of our communities in partnership with other organizations. A laid back environment for you and baby to visit and talk with other nursing moms. Whether you want to inquire about breastfeeding challenges or share your breastfeeding experience, our Breastfeeding Peer Support Group welcomes you and your family.
Are you (or someone you know) pregnant and facing challenges? Do you have questions about your pregnancy? Ask us about CPNP.