For most people, heat-related illnesses happen when temperatures are high for a number of days (particularly if the night time temperatures do not drop), or if the humidity is high. While the health risks related to heat are higher for certain groups (such as seniors, young children, people taking certain medications and people with chronic conditions), everyone is potentially at risk. Fortunately, most heat-related illnesses can be prevented or treated if you are aware of the risks, signs and symptoms.
You may not be able to predict when a disaster will happen, but there are ways you can reduce the impact of any emergency you might face. You can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies by taking a few simple steps:
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.