Heat Warnings

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CK Public Health may issue a heat warning when Environment and Climate Change Canada predicts hot and humid weather. When we issue a heat warning—take extra precautions to protect yourself and loved ones from heat related health risks. We issue a heat warning when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a daytime high temperature greater than or equal to … Read More

Food Handler Certification

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As of July 2018, it is mandatory for a Certified Food Handler to be on site of any food service premises during operating hours. There’s a $385 potential fine for any food locations that are non-compliant. Want to be certified? You have options! FREE In-Person Course 1 day (7.5 hours including a one hour lunch break and two 15 minutes … Read More

Tara’s Story

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Immunizations are important in all stages of life. Infants and young children need shots because their immune systems are not mature enough to fight infection. They need their shots given on a well – timed schedule. Older children and adults also need shots to restore fading immunity or to build new immunity against different diseases. So, please, choose to immunize, … Read More

What do you know about Blue-Green Algae?

Be aware of beach/river water.  If it appears bright green or pea soup in colour you need to know this: Blue-green algae are tiny plants that live in fresh water. Normally blue-green algae are barely visible, but, during warm weather, they can quickly increase to form a large mass called a bloom. Blooms most commonly occur during the late summer and … Read More

Four Things You Should Know After Experiencing a Flood

Make Sure your Food and Water is Safe! 1. If your food has been exposed to flood waters you should: Throw out all foods exposed to flood water—even if they were in fridges and freezers. This includes meat, fruits & vegetables, all boxed foods, jars or bottles (home preservatives included) and cans with large dents—these items can’t be properly disinfected. Do … Read More

May is Rabies Awareness Month

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of warm-blooded mammals, including humans. How do I get it? A bite or a scratch from an infected animal. It’s spread through their saliva. What will I see if an animal has Rabies? They may act weird or abnormal (wild animals may seem friendly … Read More

Eye See…Eye Learn® program available in CK!

Does your child need an eye exam?  This is time sensitive information if you have a student in JK!  Each year, thousands of children start school without ever having an eye exam. Parents often believe that their child will let them know that they cannot see well, but children are rarely able to tell that they have poor vision because … Read More

Need Your Well Water Tested? Don’t forget we’ve moved!

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Pick up a water bottle, free of charge, from us or your local municipal service centre. Keep the bottle closed until the moment you fill it. Take the sample on the day you are planning to return it to us. Run the water for 2-3 minutes; remove any aerators, etc. from the sample tap. Remove the tamper-proof, sealed cap from … Read More

Public Health Is A Return On Investment

Investing in public health is the smart and right thing to do! CKPHU would like to thank Canadian Public Health Association, in cooperation with the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century and the Canadian Network of Public Health Associations who produced this short video.

Preparing your Student for Clinic Day

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  Your child may be feeling anxious about getting needles at school. The Public Health Nurses work to minimize the time the students are within the environment, and use other techniques to decrease pain and anxiety, in order to help the student through the process. Here are some ways for you to help your child prepare for the clinic day: … Read More

Upcoming Grade 7 School Immunization Clinic Dates

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Our vaccination clinics for Grade 7 students will continue at local schools in April and May to protect against Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Disease and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). These vaccines are only available free of charge from CK Public Health; they are not available from your doctor. Only those students with signed and completed consent forms can receive these shots. If … Read More