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.
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.
Students born in 1999 and 2000 with incomplete immunization records have received their second immunization notice this week from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU). The notices advised students of which vaccine(s) were missing, how to get in touch with the Health Unit to provide updated information, and how to book an appointment for immunization to avoid school suspension.
With the passing of the new smoke-free outdoor spaces by-law in Amherstburg on December 12, all Windsor-Essex County municipalities now have protections in place that exceed those offered under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
As of November 22, 2016, City of Windsor By-Law #113-2006 has been amended to prohibit smoking on City of Windsor owned properties, including parks, beaches, conservation areas, marinas and recreation facilities, as well as any associated parking lots or walkways. Prohibited products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, hookah/water pipes and any other lighted or heated equipment used to smoke or vaporize any tobacco or non-tobacco product.
On November 1st, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit launched the ‘Radon: Know Your Level Study’. The study allows residents of Windsor and Essex County to apply for a radon test kit to measure the radon level in their homes. The Health Unit has 1000 free radon test kits to distribute to eligible homeowners. There are only a limited number of kits left so homeowners must apply soon.
Today, Dr. Gary Kirk, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, discussed the discovery of the Aedes aegypti larvae found during enhanced mosquito surveillance activities for the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes found in Windsor earlier this month.