Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce
The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising individuals in Ontario and Quebec to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination. For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Public Notices webpage.
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.
The Kapuskasing 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, sexual health, and dental services.
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.
It’s time to get your flu shot. Book online or call us to pick the time that works for you!
Provides information about influenza including the signs and symptoms, how to protect yourself, how to prevent the spread, and what to do if you think yourself or your child has influenza.
It is very difficult for most smokers to stop smoking. The longer a person smokes, the more of their daily activities and moods become linked to their smoking habit and the harder it may be to give it up. Quitting smoking isn't easy but it is possible.
Over 80 percent of Ontarians receive their drinking water from municipal drinking water systems. Those that do not have access, install some sort of private drinking water system, they may have a well or they may draw and treat water from surrounding surface water sources.
Getting families to eat more vegetables and fruit is one way to have them live better and healthier lives. The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program introduces elementary school children to vegetables and fruit two days a week from January to June. The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association provides a variety of produce to complement healthy eating lesson plans and resources to over 9,500 students across our area.
If you are a parent or caregiver for a toddler or preschool child, use NutriSTEP as a fast and simple way to find out if your child is a healthy eater.
The Registered Dietitians at the Porcupine Health Unit conduct a variety of workshops and presentations for health care professionals, educators, workplaces and the general public.
While we know we should all be eating a healthy diet, the cost of food items in our area can be barrier to choosing healthy options. The Nutritious Food Basket Survey is a tool used to help determine the prices of food in our area and how much of a burden it can be for some families.