November 22,

First Local Influenza Case of the Season Reported

November 20, 2017 –  Free Flu Shots Available Throughout the Community, Including December 4 Clinic in Millbrook

Peterborough Public Health reported the first local lab-confirmed case of seasonal influenza today.

“The case is lab-confirmed for influenza, and we now know that seasonal influenza is circulating in our community,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “Usually there are more cases of influenza in the community than are reported by the lab, so we strongly encourage residents to get their flu shot to protect themselves and others as it’s still early in the season.”

Dr. Salvaterra noted that last year’s first lab-confirmed case which Peterborough Public Health reported on was November 17, 2016.

The flu shot is recommended for everyone over six months of age.  It is especially important for people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, young children, the elderly and anyone who takes care of people in these groups.

Flu shots are widely available at many local pharmacies, from physician offices, and local walk-in clinics.  To find out where free flu shots are available in the community, visit the flu clinic locator on www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

Since October 11, 2017 Peterborough Public Health has distributed over 29,000 doses locally, which is in addition to those pharmacies who receive vaccine directly from other distributors approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Peterborough Public Health is also offering a free influenza vaccine clinic in Millbrook, on Monday, December 4, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The clinic is taking place at the Cavan Monaghan Township Office
Gymnasium on 988 County Road 10 in Millbrook.  No appointment necessary, and walk-ins welcome.

Dr. Salvaterra advised that in addition to getting the flu shot people take the following precautions to reduce the spread of infection:

  • Stay home if feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean and sanitize commonly-used surfaces frequently
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue and washing hands afterwards

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For further information, please contact:

Marilyn Mitchell
Registered Nurse
705-743-1000, ext. 270

 

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Why Emotional Intelligence Matters at Work

November 17, 2017 – with Trent University’s Dr. James Parker on December 6

Being able to read and manage one’s own emotions and those of others is essential in creating and maintaining a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been talked about for several years but what is it really?  And, how do you develop it in yourself and others?

Dr. James Parker, faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Trent University has been studying this concept and will share his insights with us on Wednesday, December 6 as part of the Health at Work Breakfast Series.

This information session is ideal for HR professionals, occupational health and safety specialists, managers, and employees.  The session will be held at Peterborough Public Health, 185 King Street.  Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. with the formal session running from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.  The session fee is $15 and advance registration is required by November 30. Space is limited.  Learn more here.

Please contact Monique Beneteau with any questions at 705-743-1000, ext. 309 or mbeneteau@peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

 

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November 8 Board of Health Meeting Summary

November 14, 2017 – To view the meeting summary of the November Board of Health meeting click the image below. 171114 BOH Meeting Summary Nov 8

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Board of Health Meets November 8 at 5:30 p.m.

November 3, 2017  – Location: Curve Lake Community Centre, Curve Lake First Nation

Media and the community are advised that the Board of Health will meet on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Government Services Building, located at 22 Winookeedaa Street, Curve Lake First Nation.

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

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

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391

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Taking a Bite out of Student Hunger for 25 Years

October 25, 2017 – Food for Kids Peterborough and County Celebrate 25 years of Student Nutrition Programs

As the school year hits its stride, Food for Kids Peterborough and County is celebrating 25 years of supporting local student nutrition programs.Food For Kids kids cooking in kitchen

“For 25 years, our amazing network of schools, students, volunteers, parents, educators, community members, businesses, organizations, faith groups and service clubs have fed hungry students so that they can attend school well- nourished and ready to learn,” said Angela Fuchs, Community Development Coordinator for Food for Kids. “The impact of this program is mindboggling, supporting tens of thousands of students over a generation to achieve their full potential.”

The history of local student nutrition programs dates back to 1992 whena local service club approached two schools in downtown Peterborough (Central Public School and St. Peter’s Catholic Elementary School) with the idea of starting a breakfast club. This grassroots group also requested the assistance of the then-called Peterborough County-City Health Unit, under the leadership of former Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gary Humphreys, for nutrition and community development resources.

“It was a pivotal moment in child nutrition and learning in our community as these first partners recognized the importance of a healthy breakfast for students and the difference it made on their learning, attention, energy and participation,” said Ms. Fuchs.

Since those initial efforts, Peterborough County and City residentshave embraced the initiative in an astounding way. Today, Food for Kids supports student nutrition programs in 47 schools. These amazing programs are run by more than 1,000 volunteers who collectively fed almost 16,000 students last year alone.

“For our anniversary we especially want to honour our volunteers for their endless enthusiasm and support making good breakfast programs happen by shopping, baking, chopping, serving, cleaning, fundraising, menu planning, and recruiting volunteers,” said Ms. Fuchs. “Our volunteers are the energy, the helping hands, and the cheerful smiles that welcome our children and youth each day.”
Ms. Fuchs also acknowledged the hundreds of local sponsors and food suppliers who have generously supported local student nutrition programs since 1992. In addition to local sponsors, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services has provided partial funding since 2004 when the provincial government announced its commitment to develop student nutrition programs across Ontario.
To volunteer for Food for Kids or to make a donation, contact your local school or visit www.FoodforKidsPtbo.ca.

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For further information, please contact:
Lauren Kennedy, Registered Dietitian
Peterborough Public Health
705-743-1000, ext. 243

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