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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.

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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.

If you can’t afford dental care for your children and have no dental insurance, visit one of our free clinics for a cleaning. Book an appointment by calling our Dental Intake Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661. 

Remaining 2014 dates

Girl with a missing tooth
  • Arthur: July 7-9
  • Grand Valley: July 15-18
  • Palmerston: July 28-30

Services include:

  • Cleaning
  • Fluoride
  • Sealants
  • Brushing/flossing instruction

Find out more about our free dental programs.

Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to get prepared for hot and humid weather:

  • Monitor local forecasts
  • Check Public Weather Alerts for your area
  • If you provide care for seniors or children, make monitoring these alerts part of your daily routine
  • Have a plan for extreme heat: for example, plan breaks to spend a few hours in a cool place (like a shaded area or air-conditioned shopping mall, grocery store, community centre, place of worship, or public library)
  • Check on elderly family, friends, and neighbours

New heat warnings from Environment Canada

  • Environment Canada will issue a “heat warning” when the temperature will feel like 40 degrees Celsius or hotter.
  • Public Health may issue a “severe heat warning” when:

    • Environment Canada forecasts a heat warning will last four days or longer
    • Humidex values will climb into the high 40s

Who is most at risk during hot weather?

  • Seniors
  • Children
  • Individuals with chronic illnesses

For more tips, visit:

This summer it’s easier than ever to find out which beaches are safe for swimming. Follow @WDGBeachTesting or visit our Beaches web page to see the latest testing results. Updates will be posted every Wednesday and Friday afternoon by 4:30 p.m. until Labour Day weekend.

Public Health tests the following beaches in Wellington and Dufferin counties and the city of Guelph: 

  • Belwood Quarry
  • Elora Quarry
  • Guelph Lake (Main Beach and Pit)
  • Lake Conestogo (Mapleton)
  • Orangeville – Island Lake Park
  • Orangeville – Monora Park
  • Puslinch – Emerald Lake
  • Rockwood Conservation

More information: