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Is it safe to let my kids play outside?

As a public health nurse and parent, I sometimes feel like I am pulled in opposing directions when trying to balance safety and physical activity. In public health, our priority is prevention. If we spend our limited time, energy and resources on … Continue reading

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

Once, a long, long time ago, I was naïve enough to think I could actually plan when my kids would be born. I had always thought I’d prefer to have a baby during the springtime. What a lovely, mild time … Continue reading

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West Nile Virus is still active: Be Bite Free even in Sept.

As summer progresses, mosquito-borne infections become more common. Typically we don’t get West Nile virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in Halton until late July or August, but this year mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus much earlier than past … Continue reading

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Have you ever seen a hockey player without a mouthguard?

Everyone has heard of Sydney Crosby and is aware of his recent down time due to concussions. Good thing he wears a mouthguard otherwise, what other injuries might he have had so far?! Of all the body parts, the mouth area … Continue reading

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Bugs aren’t going back to school, even if your kids are

As the summer winds down and our kids are getting ready to go back to school many parents worry less about protecting their family from bug bites. But in fact, mosquitoes and ticks are still active during this time and … Continue reading

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New vaccines will help protect babies in Ontario

My children are now grown up, but I vividly remember some of the times when they were ill and wished there had been some way to keep them from getting sick. One of my sons got rotavirus when he was … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids Healthy During Flu Season

Well the first day of fall has come and gone, and most of us have settled back into our regular routines.  For many of us that means kids are back in school or child care.  Wherever they are, they are … Continue reading

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