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Public Health

How can you be active in your care?

There are things that you and your family can do to assist your Public Health Nurse in providing safer care.
  • Inform your health care provider of accurate, up-to-date information about your health and the health of your family.
  • Know what medications you take (including birth control), the correct dose, time to take, side effects and who to notify should you have any questions.
  • Learn and participate in discussions about your care or service to ensure that it is correct for you.
  • Take steps to ensure that you and your family are safe from injury. For example, wear a properly fitted helmet when riding a bicycle or participating in activities where a head injury can occur.
  • Practice good hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infections (i.e. before eating and after coughing, sneezing or using the washroom).
  • Get the annual flu shot as recommended by your health care provider.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle and foster healthy informal support networks.
  • Keep your child’s immunizations up to date and maintain a record.

Ask us questions about:

  • Your medications (including birth control).
  • Recommendations for vaccinations for you and your family. Get immunized – it’s your best defense!
  • The names and roles of persons providing your care.
  • If a family member can accompany you during appointments.
  • How your Public Health Nurse communicates or works with other members of your health care team.
  • How to locate and access services that may benefit you and/or your family.
  • Our hand hygiene practices.

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Updated Aug 4, 2017