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Infection Prevention & Control

Renfrew County and District Health Unit works to increase public awareness of how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Clean your hands

Washing your hands correctly is the best way to protect yourself against many infectious diseases like colds and the flu. If you are sick, hand washing helps to prevent spreading the illness to others.

How to handwash (PDF)

Government of Canada – Hand Hygiene

Cover your cough

Serious respiratory illnesses like the flu, respiratory syncytial virus, and whooping cough are spread by:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Touching contaminated surfaces, then bringing your hands to your face

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve – not your hands
  • Put your used tissue in the waste basket and wash your hands as soon as possible

Cover Your Cough (PDF)

Get immunized

Immunization is also called vaccination, needles and shots. Getting immunized is a safe and effective way of preventing many serious diseases that are contagious. See our Immunization page.

Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick

If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

More information about infectious diseases:

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Diseases and Conditions

Caring for Kids – Illnesses and Infections

Influenza is a serious illness that affects the airways and spreads easily from infected people through coughing and sneezing. Influenza can cause severe, life‐threatening illness for people in high‐risk groups. People at high risk are under 24 months, age 65 years and over, and anyone with chronic health conditions.

Anyone can get the flu. Flu shots are available free for all Ontario residents over 6 months of age.

Flu shots are available through your local pharmacy, health care provider, and Renfrew County and District Health Unit. Our flu clinics are in late fall. At other times, make an appointment to visit one of our immunization clinics.

Government of Canada – Flu (Influenza)

Personal services are businesses that offer tattooing, body and ear piercing, electrolysis, micro-pigmentation, acupuncture, manicures, pedicures, hairdressing and barbering, waxing, facials, and tanning.

Diseases can be spread in these settings so it is important to use proper infection control practices. Renfrew County and District Health Unit inspects these businesses at least once a year. Businesses that operate out of a private home are inspected too.

Public Health Inspectors use Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Personal Service Settings (PDF, 74 pages, 300 KB) to guide their inspections. This document sets out standards for cleaning, disinfection and other practices to prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases and other types of infections.

Public Health Inspectors are a valuable and knowledgeable resource that owners/operators and their staff can use to provide a safe environment for their clients.

For more information about infection control in personal service settings, call 613-735-8654 extension 555.

To view personal service setting inspections, click here.

The Health Unit works to prevent human cases of rabies through the following activities:

  • Public Health Inspectors investigate animal bites and scratches that are reported to the Health Unit. The owner has to put the suspect animal into quarantine. This is necessary to ensure that the rabies virus was not present in the saliva of the animal when the person was bitten or scratched. The animal is checked at the end of the quarantine period to make sure it is free of rabies symptoms.
  • Monitoring the type, number and location of animals that have tested positive for rabies in Renfrew County and District and surrounding areas
  • Having a Rabies Contingency Plan and keeping it up to date
  • Investigating when people are exposed to animals suspected of having rabies
  • Having a supply of anti-rabies vaccine
  • Consulting with doctors in deciding when there is a need to give the vaccine to a person who has been exposed to an animal suspected of having rabies

All animal bites and scratches involving humans must be reported to the Health Unit immediately using the Contact with Suspected Rabid Animal Report Form.

FORM – Suspect Rabies Exposure Report to Health Unit

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