RECAP: This Month, Board of Health Looks at Sex, Drugs and Rabies

April’s meeting of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health was an occasion because it was the first meeting that took place largely in-person since before the start of the pandemic. Appropriately, vaccination was a big point of discussion in the meeting and so were programs to fight sexually transmitted infections, the opioid crisis and why spring means more awareness of rabies and the avian flu. Let’s recap! Continue reading “RECAP: This Month, Board of Health Looks at Sex, Drugs and Rabies”

MEETING PREVIEW: Board of Health Meeting for April 5, 2023

April’s Board of Health meeting for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph brings you sex and drugs, but no rock and roll. Or, to be more precise, it’s bringing you an update on fighting the opioid epidemic as well as an update on fighting sexually transmitted infections, which are both very serious issues despite the above joke. Also on the agenda is information about COVID-19 and flu vaccine distribution for this past cold and flu season! Continue reading “MEETING PREVIEW: Board of Health Meeting for April 5, 2023”

GUELPH POLITICAST #296 – Still COVID with Dr. Mercer (Fall Edition)

We’re about halfway through fall, we’ve overcome the big hurdles like Back to School and Thanksgiving, and the new daily case count both in Guelph and across Ontario remains relatively steady. We’re still giving out vaccines, with a few thousand eligible people left to get their jabs, and then, a few weeks ago, we had our first case of the flu this year. What are we to make of all this? Let’s call a doctor! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #296 – Still COVID with Dr. Mercer (Fall Edition)”

Government of Ontario Expanding Flu Shot Availability in November

In case you had forgotten, flu season is here. Let’s just say that if you’re only planning on getting one shot this fall, and you aren’t already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, make it a Pfizer or Moderna shot. However, if you are worried about catching the good, old fashioned flu, then you should probably get a flu shot, which is a chore that’s going to get easier in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading “Government of Ontario Expanding Flu Shot Availability in November”

The Flu is Back! Says WDG Public Health

It’s not the press release you might expect from the local Public Health unit, after all, why would you need a press release that announces the arrival of flu season? In COVID times though, the return of influenza is a moment because there was almost no flu last year. Still, as our region’s Medical Officer of Health said in a statement on Thursday, the flu’s return “isn’t unexpected.” Continue reading “The Flu is Back! Says WDG Public Health”