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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.
Cold weather can be harmful to your health. While the health risks related to cold are higher for certain groups (such as people who work outdoors, people with pre-existing heart conditions or respiratory illnesses, older adults, infants, young children, and those who are experiencing homelessness), everyone is potentially at risk.
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.
Zika virus is caused by a virus which is spread by the Aedes mosquito. The Aedes species of mosquito is not native to Canada.
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.