Preparing your Student for Shots At School

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Your child may be feeling anxious about getting needles at school. Yes, your child. The Public Health Nurses work to minimize the time the students are within the clinical 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 … Read More

Is your child home-schooled?

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  They may qualify for free Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus vaccines that are offered FREE to grade 7 students in Chatham-Kent. Nurses from the Public Health Unit visit each school and provide these vaccinations. They are not free from a Health Care Provider. Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. There is no cure. The … Read More

Are You Prepared for Winter Driving?

Slippery roads. Reduced visibility. Bitter cold. Winter weather will soon be here making driving difficult and even dangerous.  Are you prepared?  Do you have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car? A basic kit should contain: Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars Water-plastic bottles that won’t break if the water freezes Extra clothing and shoes or boots … Read More

Food Related Illness and School Lunches

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The following tips can help prevent you or your family getting sick from food related illnesses. • Wash hands, kitchen counters, and kitchen equipment prior to making lunches • Wash all vegetables and fruit • Wipe your child’s lunch bag and thermos each night. Clean with baking soda and water once a week • If using plastic wrap and Ziploc … Read More

Keeping Children Safe and Warm in Their Car Seat

It’s winter. It’s cold. As parents or caregivers, we want to make sure our little ones are warm and safe while travelling in a car seat. At a recent car seat clinic, we noticed that many parents were using “add ons” or “after-market products” with their car seat to keep their little one warm. What do we mean by “add … Read More

Playing It Safe – Childproofing the Environment

Every day, children are exposed to potentially hazardous substances where they live, learn and play.  There is growing concern about the effect that harmful chemicals and other hazards have on their health. The best way to protect our children is to reduce or eliminate as many contaminants as possible from the air, water, soil, food and products.  To create a … Read More