Hepatitis Day - July 28
Release Date: July 24, 2014
status? Get tested.
is the message for World Hepatitis Day, July 28. Hepatitis affects over 500
million people worldwide. In Canada, over half a million people have viral
hepatitis, with many unaware of their status and unknowingly spreading the
disease to others.
Public Assistance Request - Dog Bite
Release Date: July 23, 2014
The Grey Bruce Health Unit is seeking assistance from the
public to find the owner of a dog involved in a biting incident that
occurred in Port Elgin. On the Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at approximately 2:00
p.m. a man was bitten by a St. Bernard dog while walking along North Shore
Road in Port Elgin. The dog was in the company of a group of people who were
also walking three other dogs (two huskies and a mixed breed). The group did
not stop when the incident occurred and continued walking toward Southampton
on Miramichi Bay Road.
Leave the pack behind offers free nicotine patches/gum to young
Release Date: July 08, 2014
A new program gives young adults some extra incentive to
quit smoking this summer. Leave the pack behind offers a free 8-week supply
of nicotine patches or gum.
Posting Lifted for Durham Dam
Release Date: July 07, 2014
Water samples taken at Durham Dam on July 3, 2014 showed
bacterial levels below the provincial limit. Based on these results, the
posting from June 30 has been lifted and the area is now deemed safe for
bathing. The area was posted when water samples exceeded Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care standards for acceptable bacterial levels.
Durham Dam Posted Unsafe for Bathing
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Beach water sampling from Thursday June 26, 2014 at Durham Dam shows levels exceeding Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
standards for acceptable bacterial levels. As a result, this area will be posted and remain posted until samples indicate that water is
safe for bathing.
New vaccinations added for school in September
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Three additional vaccines will be required for students
attending school this fall. Effective July 1, changes to the Immunization of
School Pupils’ Act (ISPA), which outlines immunizations needed by students
to attend school, will now include vaccinations for whooping cough,
meningococcal disease and chickenpox. This is in addition to the existing
requirements of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles,
mumps and rubella.
Day of Play
Release Date: June 18, 2014
June 21 marks the official start
of summer and the Longest Day of PLAY. The Longest Day of PLAY
is a community-based physical activity challenge to encourage Grey Bruce
residents to get more active. To take part - get up, get moving and log your
hours on the PLAY website.
Safe Kids Week
Release Date: June 11, 2014
Safe swimming and safe splashing mean kids can be safe in and around the water. This is the message
during Parachute’s Safe Kids Week, June 7 – 14, 2014. More than 570 children have drowned in Canada in the past 10
years. Parachute and the Grey Bruce Health Unit want everyone to be aware of the importance of water safety to
prevent drowning and water-related injuries.
Guys Caring For Kids Photo Contest
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Why not celebrate Father’s Day
by capturing a photo of your favourite Dad having fun interacting with the
kids or grandkids? The 5th Annual Guys Caring for Kids
Photo Contest challenges photographers to capture the visual stories of men
in caring relationships with children. Submissions are being accepted until
Turn off the
Release Date: June 9, 2014
The 12th annual Turn Off The Screens challenge is now complete. From May 5 – 11,
students were challenged to be more active by turning off the television, video games and computers
and play outside. Many students accumulated as many as 30 hours of physical activity during
the week while others managed to remain screen-free the entire time.
Release Date: May 26, 2014
When it comes to drinking alcohol, everything matters. How often and the
amount you drink are what matter the most. Hangovers are a short-term side effect after
a night of heavy drinking. But, a hangover may be the least of your worries since alcohol
misuse can lead to long-term health risks such as stroke, cancer or high blood pressure.
Congratulations to Grey Bruce hospitals going smoke-free!
Release Date: May 22, 2014
The Grey Bruce Health Unit congratulates all 11 hospitals
in Grey Bruce for making their grounds 100 per cent smoke-free. The
policies come into effect on World No Tobacco Day, May 31. All
patients, visitors, volunteers and staff are not permitted to smoke
while on hospital property. This includes parking lots. The new policies
will be enforced by hospital staff.
Industrial Wind Turbine literature review to be published
Release Date: May 21, 2014
A comprehensive report based on a literature review
examining the health effects of Industrial Wind Turbines will be
published in the online journal Cureus. The report, Literature Review
2013: Association Between Wind Turbine Noise and Human Distress was
co-authored by Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hazel Lynn and
Epidemiological Researcher, Dr. Ian Arra, now with the Northern Ontario
School of Medicine. The report was presented to the Board of Health for
the Grey Bruce Health Unit on February 22, 2013.