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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared polio a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”. This means you need to take extra precautions when travelling to the following countries:

  • Pakistan
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Cameroon
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Afghanistan
  • Ethiopia
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Somalia
  • Nigeria

If you’re planning to stay in one of the above countries for more than four weeks

These are places where polio has not been eliminated, or places close to where polio has been recently found.

  • You must receive a dose of OPV or IPV (polio vaccine) between four weeks and 12 months before you start to travel.
  • To leave one country and enter another, you may need a polio booster, even if you’ve already had one.

For more information:

Carry your written immunization record

If you’re travelling to one of the countries listed above, we recommend you carry a written immunization record.

The official document to show proof of immunization against polio is the International Health Regulations 2005 International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis. It is available at our Guelph (Chancellors Way) and Fergus offices only. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-265-7293.

More information:

For more information about polio and travelling:

Our offices in Orangeville and Guelph have moved. 

  • The new Orangeville location at 180 Broadway opened Tuesday, April 29
  • The new Guelph location at 160 Chancellors Way opened on Wednesday, July 2. Services are still offered at the Shelldale Centre as well.
  • Offices/clinics in Fergus, Mount Forest, Shelburne, and Guelph (Shelldale Cres.) remain open (list of all Public Health locations).

Phone and fax changes

  • Our toll-free phone number (1-800-265-7293), email addresses, and website remain the same.
  • Our general Guelph fax number (519-836-7215) remains the same.
  • The Reportable Disease fax line has changed to 1-855-WDG-LINE (1-855-934-5463).
  • Many Guelph phone extensions are changing.
  • The new Orangeville fax number is 519-942-0470.

New Guelph facility

  • New address: 160 Chancellors Way [view map], N1G 0E1

    • Enter Chancellors Way beside the fire hall on the north side of Stone Rd. between Gordon and Edinburgh
    • Chancellors Way doesn't have a street sign yet; look for the the "Research Lane" street sign on the opposite (south) side of Stone Rd.
  • Administrative staff moved on Monday, June 9. 
  • Water sample drop-off started at the new location on Monday, June 9.
  • Clinics and classes opened at 160 Chancellors Way on Wednesday, July 2. Most clinics (dental, sexual health, immunization) will also continue to be offered at 20 Shelldale Cres.
  • Free parking and bike racks are available.
  • The closest bus routes are the Community Bus South and the #15 (University/College).
  • Administrative locations at Imperial Rd. and Woolwich St. are closed as of Friday, June 6.

New Orangeville facility

  • New address: 180 Broadway, L9W 1K3 [view map]
  • All clinics, offices, and services moved, effective Tuesday, April 29
  • Parking is available on Broadway and at close municipal lots
  • The new fax number is 519-942-0470

The Community Report is an account of some of the activities and the funding for Public Health in 2013. 

Cover image of our 2013 Community Report

Highlighted topics include:

  • Achieving the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) Designation 
  • Raising Awareness of Radon and the Risk of Lung Cancer
  • Preventing Illness from Contaminated Water
  • Reducing the Risk of Harm from Piercings and Tattoos
  • Immunizing to Reduce the Burden of Shingles
  • Healthy Kids Strategy
  • A Report Card on School Health
  • Food Safety From Kitchen to Fork
  • Preventing Falls Across the Lifespan

Download the report (PDF, 20 pages, 3 MB)

More information:

You might not have symptoms but you could still be infected with hepatitis B or C. Know your status: get tested. To coincide with World Hepatitis Day on July 28, we’re offering special drop-in clinics, or you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-265-7293.

World Hepatitis Day 2014 logo

We are also offering free immunizations for hepatitis A and B for those who meet the eligibility criteria of the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario.

[map of these locations]

Date and time

Fergus Public Health office
474 Wellington Rd. #18, Suite 100 (beside Wellington Terrace)

Monday, July 28, 2014
1:30 – 4 p.m.

Guelph Public Health office
20 Shelldale Cres.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4 – 6:30 p.m.

Mount Forest Public Health office
311 Foster St.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
1 – 3:30 p.m.

Orangeville Public Health office
180 Broadway

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3-5:30 p.m.

Those most at risk for hepatitis B and C include:

  • Baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 (as a result of unsafe medical procedures and blood transfusions)
  • People who have moved from places with a high prevalence of hepatitis
  • People who engage in unsafe tattooing and sex practices
  • Those who use injection drugs

If you test positive for hepatitis B or C, treatment is available.

If left untreated, hepatitis can cause liver failure, cirrhosis, and cancer.

Learn about hepatitis C is spread in this video:

For more information about hepatitis, call us at 1-800-265-7293.