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Keeping Serious Diseases At Bay: School-Based Vaccination Clinics Start Sept 22

September 17, 2014 - Parents Reminded to Provide Signed Consent Forms for Children Receiving HPV, Meningococcal and Hepatitis B Immunizations

Local grade 7 and 8 students will be offered free vaccines in schools by the Peterborough County-City Health Unit starting September 22.

Public Health Nurses will be visiting all schools throughout the city and county of Peterborough in the coming weeks to immunize all grade 7 students against hepatitis B and meningococcal disease, and grade 8 girls against HPV. All vaccines offered in school clinics are free of charge, safe and provide protection against these very serious diseases.

“We want to make it easy for parents to protect their kids by offering these vaccination clinics in the schools,” explained Edwina Dusome, Manager of Infectious Disease Programs at the Health Unit.  “Parents often have questions about vaccines so we encourage them to give us a call to discuss, and to seek out credible online sources as well based on good science.”

All grade 7 students will be eligible to receive vaccines to protect them against hepatitis B, a disease that can cause permanent liver damage and cancer, and meningococcal disease, a serious infection of the blood and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Grade 8 girls are entitled to receive the vaccine for protection against HPV, a virus that can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer. 

While all the vaccines are recommended by the Ontario Immunization Schedule, the meningococcal vaccine is now required for students under the Immunization of School Pupils Act.  This vaccine provides coverage against more strains of meningococcal disease than the meningococcal vaccine most children received when they were younger.

Public health nurses will be in schools giving immunizations throughout the fall so parents are strongly encouraged to return the consent forms to the schools so their students can receive the vaccine.  For further information, please call the Health Unit at (705) 743-1000.

To find out when public health nurses will be visiting schools, please visit www.pcchu.ca.

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For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence, Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

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Board of Health Meeting Summary – September 10

September 15, 2014 – To view the meeting summary from the Sept 10 meeting of the Board of Health please click the image below:

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Board of Health and OPSEU Approve New Collective Agreement

September 11, 2014 - Strike Avoided as Both Groups Ratify Agreement

The Peterborough County-City Health Unit would like to advise residents that last night the Board of Health approved a tentative agreement reached September 5 with OPSEU Local 327. Earlier today, this deal was also ratified by OPSEU members, thereby securing a new three-year contract ending March 31, 2016.

“We are very pleased that this agreement has been finalized so our employees can continue delivering the programs and services that make our community one of the best in Ontario,” said Brent Woodford, Director of Corporate Services for the Health Unit. “This agreement is a win-win, because it allows our high-quality programs and services to continue without disruption and was negotiated with taxpayer affordability in mind.”

The OPSEU members at Peterborough County-City Health Unit include nutritionists, health promoters, infant development workers and dental hygienists.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

 

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Health Unit Achieves ‘Baby-Friendly’ Re-designation as a Breastfeeding Leader

September 10, 2014 - PCCHU Remains One of the Longest-Standing Health Units in Ontario with Baby-Friendly Status

Screen Shot 09-10-14 at 02.55 PMAt today’s Board of Health meeting, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit was honoured by the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) for achieving its Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) re-designation status for the next five years.

“This is a significant accomplishment for the Health Unit because local women look to us for leadership in the support of breastfeeding,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health.  “I am proud of how strongly this achievement speaks of our Health Unit staff, as every single employee participated in this process to ensure we remained a designated BFI organization.”

The BFI is an evidenced based best practice program, based on criteria established by the World Health Organization, and is designed to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies by improving the quality of their care, and establishing breastfeeding as the cultural norm.

Representatives from BCC were on hand at the Board of Health meeting to officially present the Peterborough County-City Health Unit with its re-designation certificate.

The PCCHU was only the second health unit in Ontario to achieve BFI status when it was first designated in 2008.  Having this status is a provincial accountability indicator for health units according the Ontario Public Health Standards.  The BFI Status indicator monitors public health performance related to the implementation of a number of BFI requirements to promote, support and protect breastfeeding.  As of June 2014, 15 out of 36 health units in Ontario have achieved BFI designation.

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For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

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Board of Health Meets September 10

September 5, 2014 –  Location: Peterborough City Hall, General Committee Room

The community is advised that the next meeting of the Board of Health will take place on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 4:45 p.m. in the General Committee Room at Peterborough City Hall, 500 George St. North.

To download the agenda and the online board package, please visit:

http://www.pcchu.ca/about-us/about-us-2/board-of-health/meeting-agendas

The meeting is open to the community and members of the media.

For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
Peterborough County-City Health Unit

(705) 743-1000, ext. 391

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