Making Health Happen
Weekly, the Public Health Unit submits articles to numerous newspapers in
Grey and Bruce Counties under the banner Making Health Happen. Public health
nurses and public health inspectors write the articles, covering public
health issues of interest to the general public.
Cancer with a Vaccine
January 21, 2010
The December 2009 Cancer Facts newsletter by Cancer Care Ontario, noted
that there has been a decline in cancer of the cervix since 1981, attributed to
improvements in the Pap test. Further declines in the cervical cancer rates are
anticipated due to the new vaccine that prevents Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
January 14, 2010
Many recent surveys voted H1N1 the top news story of 2009. All this
media attention made people aware of how to protect against the virus
with many taking advantage of the flu shot, now available to all those
over 6 months of age. And the best protection for babies who are not
eligible for the shot: breastfeeding.
Swapping Spit is
January 7, 2010
Mumps is on the rise in many areas of Ontario, including Waterloo, York
and other regions close to Grey Bruce. Many cases are in young adults of
college and university age, and there is a connection with sports teams
that travel. Youth of this age may be at risk if they have not had a
second MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccination, as recommended.