The PHU and Timmins Police Service are issuing an alert regarding the potentially lethal opioid fentanyl. A drug comprised of heroin and fentanyl was found among the drugs in recent seizure in the Timmins area. The drug has been seized in other communities across the province, but this marks the first time officers from the Timmins Police Service have come into contact with the drug.
This is an important public safety reminder that street drugs continue to be mixed with substances such as fentanyl. This drug is highly toxic and extremely dangerous. Fentanyl can be fatal in very small doses, as small as 4 grains of salt. It is 100 times more toxic than morphine and cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste.
See the media release for further details.
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 Timmins 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.
If your child has a preferred activity, encourage them to participate in it once or twice per week, while getting them to partake in a variety of other physical activities 3 or 4 times per week.
How to obtain a copy of your immunization record.
Information regarding Ontario's Immunization of Schools Pupil Act (ISPA) and immunization requirements.
Infant feeding support and resources available in our communities.
Personal services settings provide non-medical procedures designed to enhance a person's appearance or sense of well-being, such as hair styling, manicures, and tattooing. The Porcupine Health Unit inspects these facilities to ensure that the public is safe from the transmission of blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.
The Porcupine Health Unit investigates and responds to all reportable diseases in our community. If you are concerned that yourself or your child has an infectious disease, seek medical attention.
Please call your local Porcupine Health Unit office to book your appointment for the flu vaccine.
Timmins, Ontario - Monday, November 20, 2017. Influenza causes approximately 12,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year, according to Dominique Mongeon, a Public Health Nurse at the Porcupine Health Unit.