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.
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.
Date and time
Fergus Public Health office
Monday, July 28, 2014
Guelph Public Health office
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mount Forest Public Health office
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Orangeville Public Health office
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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
- Arthur: July 7-9
- Grand Valley: July 15-18
- Palmerston: July 28-30
- 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?
- Individuals with chronic illnesses
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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