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.
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.
Referrals to the Preschool Speech & Language Program can be submitted by email or you can fill out the form on this page.
The Preschool Speech and Language Program provides speech and language services to children from birth to entry into Senior Kindergarten. Assessment and a range of treatment services are provided at no cost.
Personal service settings, such as tattooing or piercing, can spread blood borne pathogens, while institutions such as daycares, long-term care facilities, and hospitals house large numbers of vulnerable people prone to illness. The Porcupine Health Unit is responsible for conducting surveillance in order to monitor and limit the spread of diseases in the community.
All public pools, spas, and wading pools in the Porcupine Health Unit`s district are inspected on a regular basis. To ensure that these facilities are safe for public use, operators of these facilities must know the regulations and guidelines that pertain to their operation.
The Porcupine Health Unit investigates all animal incidents where there is a break to the skin, such as teeth marks and scratches, for the risk of rabies. If you have been involved in an incident, report animal incidents to the health unit so follow-up can begin.
It is very difficult for most smokers to stop smoking. The longer you smoke, the more your daily activities and moods become linked to your smoking habit and the harder it may be to give it up. Quitting smoking isn't easy but it is possible.
Because breastfeeding is normal, local businesses want to show their support. Many businesses display the International Breastfeeding Friendly Place Logo. Businesses will receive many resources for becoming designated as Breastfeeding Friendly.
When municipal services for drinking water and sewage are not available, individuals must look elsewhere to ensure that their drinking water is safe and waste is disposed of safely. Also, the water that is used for recreation needs to remain protected to ensure that people are not getting sick while swimming in area lakes or pools.