Do we really know how healthy our children are?


Thursday, March 9
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Researchers from Ontario public health units have identified important gaps in health data for Ontario’s school age children and youth. The findings are the result of a year-long research project examining the need for quality data to monitor the health of children and youth in the province of Ontario. The study was funded by Public Health Ontario as part of the Locally Driven Collaborative Projects (LDCP) program, and organized by public health professionals and other experts in the area of child and youth health assessment. Today they have released their findings in a final report called Children Count.

689 grade 11 and 12 students in Windsor-Essex face suspension due to incomplete immunization records


Tuesday, February 28
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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit suspended 689 students due to incomplete immunization records today. Final suspension notices were sent to students born in grade 11 and 12 on February 1st urging students to update their immunization records before the February 28th suspension date.

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During the flu season, weekly reports are posted to the Infectious Disease Reports section of the website. The reports provide information on measured influenza activity, reported cases, institutional outbreaks, and cumulative totals for the year. View the latest updated report.

Immunizations (vaccines) are the best way to protect yourself and your family against vaccine preventable diseases. These diseases can make you very ill and can be life threatening. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) strongly recommends getting immunized according to the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Ontario. WECHU continues to review immunization records of all students attending elementary and high schools in Windsor and Essex County to ensure that all records are up-to-date.

Mumps is a viral illness that can spread from one person to another. Most people recover from the infection, but mumps can have serious complications and lead to long-term health problems. Since the widespread use of the mumps vaccine, mumps infection is rare.

Chickenpox is a very contagious and common illness with rash and fever caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox illness usually lasts about 5 to 10 days and is usually a mild infection, however, it can be life-threatening to some.