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Zika virus: What you need to know
Information for health care providers about the Zika virus including transmission, prevention and treatment, travel, testing and information for pregnant travelers. Download the Public Health Ontario document.
Shingles vaccine free for seniors
The shingles vaccine is now available for free across Ontario for people 65 to 70 years of age. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, affects more than 42,000 people every year in the province and can cause complications such as loss of vision and debilitating nerve pain. Studies show that the vaccine is highly effective when seniors are vaccinated between the ages of 65-70.
Those who are eligible for the shingles vaccine should contact their primary care doctor or nurse practitioner to receive the vaccination.
Read more in the health care providers fact sheet.
Health care support for Syrian refugees
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in partnership with Public Health Ontario, has released the Syrian Refugee Early Assessment Considerations for Primary Care Providers to support the arrival of refugees in our province. This document provides valuable information to support primary care providers in their early assessments and care of Syrian refugees of all ages. Download
Update to Health care support for Syrian refugees
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed the Phase 2: Ontario Health System Action Plan: Syrian Refugees to provide high-level guidance to Ontario’s health system for the ongoing and long-term health care support of incoming and resettled Syrian refugees in Ontario. The plan contains information on expected refugee arrival numbers and locations, general health care considerations and resources for health care providers. In addition, the Ministry continues to encourage all health care providers who are able to offer their services to refugees to call and register with the Refugee HealthLine (1-866-286-4770). More information on how to register with the Refugee HealthLine can be found in the plan and on the Ministry website. As a reminder, Oxford County maintains services to support newcomers to our community.
Healthier Choices: Creating local recreational
We're looking for parents, coaches, recreational leaders, youth and sports association board members to take part in a workshop on March 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on creating recreational food policies in Oxford County. More information
Update for health care professionals:
All sexually active persons who have signs and symptoms of gonorrhea should be tested. Health care providers should use the Public Health Ontario (PHO) Guidelines for Testing and Treatment of Gonorrhea in Ontario (2013), rather than the recently updated Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections, Section 5 - Gonococcal Infections. See the PHO Guidelines here
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Dental health, smoking, immunization and healthy communities
Tobacco enforcement, weather alert updates, emergency planning and safe drinking water.
Enforcement and regulation, food handling, and weather alerts for child care centres
School nurses, nutrition programs and dental services
How we are helping residents stay healthy and safe, smoking enforcement and regulations, health hazards, and prenatal programs