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.
Fluoride varnish treatments are offered to all children 4 years of age and younger. We provide this service free of charge in all licensed day cares, Ontario Early Years Centres and in our health unit clinics.
Food safety is important in both the food service industry and at home. By taking the proper steps, we can ensure that the food we are preparing is safe.
There is a growing concern regarding the lack of home cooking and loss of cooking skills among Canadians of all ages. Cooking is a critical life skill and the whole family, even children, should be involved in meal preparation. Many people typically turn to grab-and-go meals and snacks, but that’s not ideal when it comes to our health and the health of our children.
Grocery store tours provided by the Public Health Dietitians can give you all the tips and tools you need to navigate through the grocery store with the confidence in knowing what you’re choosing is the best for you and your family, from various dietary restrictions, to budget-friendly ideas.
Timmins, Ontario - The Porcupine Health Unit now has a Facebook page called "PHU Parents", dedicated to supporting all parents in the area.
If you or your child has been exposed to or has head lice, this page contains information to prevent, check and treat head lice.
Healthy Babies Healthy Children is a free program for families who are expecting a new baby or have children up to transition to school age who would like to receive reliable information and support to help them give their children the best start in life.
There are many incidents that can have a negative effect a person's health such as radon and blue-green algae. The Porcupine Health Unit works with many community partners to prevent or reduce any negative effects to area residents.