Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect you and your family from influenza this winter! Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the flu vaccine.

Flu Vaccine Through Your Health Care Provider

Many health care providers are providing flu vaccine. Contact your doctor or provider about arranging to get one.

Flu Vaccine for Children Under 5 – Health Unit Clinic

If your child is under the age of five years, the Health Unit is offering flu vaccine clinics by appointment. At these clinics, your child will receive their flu vaccine with full COVID-19 prevention measures in place. Book your child’s flu vaccine appointment by calling the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.

Flu Vaccine for Ages 6 and Up – Local Pharmacies

Many pharmacies in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes are providing flu vaccine. Pharmacists can provide flu vaccine for individuals five years of age and older. This year, pharmacies can also provide the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors. Find a clinic at a pharmacy near you:

Haliburton County Pharmacies


  • Pharmasave Dorset Village Pharmacy, 1103 Main St., Dorset, (705) 786-1911

Haliburton Village

  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 49 Maple Ave., Haliburton Village, (705) 457-5020
  • Loblaw Pharmacy, 5121 County Road 21, Haliburton Village, (705) 455-9779
  • Haliburton Highland Pharmacy, 211 Highland St., Haliburton Village, (705) 457-9669
  • Rexall, 224 Highland St., Haliburton Village, (705) 457-1112


  • Minden Pharmasave, 110 Bobcaygeon Rd., Minden, (705) 286-1220
  • Highland Remedy’s Rx Pharmacy, 33 Bobcaygeon Rd., Minden, (705) 286-1563


  • Wilberforce Pharmacy, 2165 Loop Rd., Wilberforce, (705) 448-1222
Northumberland County Pharmacies


  • Brighton Clinic Pharmacy, 46 Prince Edward St., Brighton, (613) 475-1818
  • Brighton Global Health, 12 Elizabeth St., Brighton, (613) 475-6555
  • Drugstore Pharmacy, 155 Elizabeth St., Brighton, (613) 475-6197
  • Remedy’s Rx, 24 Main St., Brighton, (613) 475-1499
  • Rexall Pharma Plus, 1 Main St., Brighton, (613) 475-3294


  • MacLaren Pharmacy, 79 Bridge St. E., Campbellford, (705) 653-1960
  • Rx Pharmacy, 16 Grand Rd., Campbellford, (705) 653-1885
  • Trent Hills Pharmacy, 119 Isabella St., Campbellford, (705) 653-0404


  • A+ Compounding Pharmacy, 541 William St., Cobourg, (905) 373-1900
  • Cobourg DrugMart, 9 Elgin St., Cobourg, (905) 377-8600
  • Shoppers Drug Mart #1016, 270 Spring St., Cobourg, (905) 372-3333
  • York Super Pharmacy, 500 Division St., Cobourg, (905) 372-7171
  • Pharmasave, 995 Elgin St. W., Cobourg, (905) 372-5466
  • The Medicine Shoppe, 1060 Burnham St., Cobourg, (905) 377-0128
  • Pharmacy 101, 464 Division St., Cobourg, (905) 372-8808
  • Wal-mart Pharmacy, 73 Strathy Rd., Cobourg, (905) 377-0927
  • Cobourg Care Pharmacy, 609 William St, Cobourg, 289-252-2335


  • Downey Pharmacy, 3 King St. E., Colborne, (905) 355-2825


  • Grafton Health Care Pharmacy, 10739 County Road 2, Grafton, (905) 349-1120


  • Johnston’s Pharmacy, 6 Front St. E., Hastings, (705) 696-3606

Port Hope

  • Port Hope Community Pharmacy, 50 Cavan St., Port Hope, (905) 885-6399
  • Shoppers Simply Pharmacy, 249 Ontario St., Port Hope, (905) 885-8740
  • Health Centre Pharmacy, 15 Henderson St., Port Hope, (905) 885-8600
  • Independent (Loblaw) Pharmacy, 20 Jocelyn St., Port Hope, (905) 885-5758
  • Community Care Pharmacy, 99 Toronto Rd., Port Hope, (905) 885-8400
  • Peter Street Pharmacy, 101 Peter St., Port Hope, (905) 885-8199
  • Pharmasave, 60 Ontario St., Port Hope, (905) 885-1294
  • Port Hope Guardian Pharmacy, 181 Toronto Rd., Port Hope, (905) 885-1970


  • Warkworth Pharmacy, 26 Main St., Warkworth, (705) 924-2711
City of Kawartha Lakes Pharmacies


  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 85 Bolton St., Bobcaygeon, (705) 738-4433
  • Village Gate Pharma Plus, 101 East St., Bobcaygeon, (705) 738-2372


  • Coby Pharmacy, 6662 Highway 35, Coboconk, 705-454-1900

Fenelon Falls

  • Pharmasave Fenelon Falls Pharmacy, 53 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls, (705) 887-2320
  • MacArthur Drugs (1984) Ltd., 21 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls, (705) 887-2041
  • Fenelon Falls Pharmacy, 53 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls, (705) 887-2320

Little Britain

  • Pharmasave Little Britain Pharmacy, 415 Eldon Rd., Little Britain, (705) 786-2000


  • Remedy’s Rx on Kent, 108 Kent St. W., Lindsay, (705) 324-0500
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 74 Kent St. W., Lindsay, (705) 324-7400
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 341-343 Kent. St. W., Lindsay, (705) 878-8981
  • Queen’s Square Pharmacy, 86 Russell St. W., Lindsay, (705) 320-8008
  • Kawartha Lakes Pharmacy, 55 Angeline St. N., Lindsay, (705) 324-2929
  • Victoria Drug Mart Ltd., 189 Kent St. W., Lindsay, (705) 328-1999
  • Loblaw Pharmacy, 400 Kent St. W., Lindsay, (705) 878-8351
  • Pharma Plus, 401 Kent St. W., Lindsay, (705) 324-6904
  • Integrated Care Pharmacy, 10 Moose Rd., Lindsay, (705) 878-8818
  • Rx Drug Mart, 51 Kent St. W., Lindsay, (705) 328-1505
  • Rexall Pharma Plus, 86 Angeline St. N., Lindsay, (705) 878-4700

Influenza – Let’s Fight Flu!

With influenza season here, let’s fight flu by getting the flu vaccine.

Influenza (or the flu) is a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus. People of any age can get the flu and it can easily be spread to others through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of influenza include: fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and extreme weakness and fatigue. Most people who get the flu are ill for only a few days. However, some people can become very ill, possibly developing complications and requiring hospitalization.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the free flu vaccine!

Flu vaccine is free in Ontario and strongly recommended every year for anyone six months of age and older. Flu vaccine is safe and effective in protecting you from getting sick with the flu. The flu vaccine strengthens your immune system to build up antibodies against the virus. Even if you do get the flu, the vaccine helps ensure you have milder symptoms of the virus. The best way to prevent the flu is to be immunized every year.

Local Flu Vaccine Clinics – Individuals Aged 5 and Older

Flu vaccine is now available at local pharmacies and through health care providers. Please contact your doctor or pharmacist directly to get the vaccine. Click here for a list of flu vaccine locations in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Flu Vaccine Clinics for Children Under 5

If your child is under the age of five years, the Health Unit is offering flu vaccine clinics by appointment. At these clinics, your child will receive their flu vaccine with full COVID-19 prevention measures in place. Book your child’s flu vaccine appointment by calling the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.

Flu Vaccine and COVID-19

During COVID-19, it’s extra important to get the flu vaccine. Getting the flu vaccine reduces your risk of influenza. The flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 because the viruses are very different and distinct.

But in getting the flu vaccine this winter, you will be better protected against the flu. This means there is less likelihood you will have to go to the doctor or hospital for influenza treatment. Getting your flu vaccine helps ensure needed health care resources can be deployed to respond to COVID-19.

Additional Resources:

Seniors Dental Care Program

Updated: May 27, 2020

Dental Services for Low-Income Seniors

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded program geared to low-income seniors who do not have private dental coverage.

Please Note During COVID-19:

Non-emergency dental services under the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program are gradually restarting. Read on for more details about qualifying and applying for the program.

Who is Eligible for Program?

Seniors must be over the age of 65 years, live in Ontario, and have an annual income less than $19,300. For couples, the combined income must be less than $32,000 per year.

What Services are Covered?

The OSDCP will cover the costs of dental services such as: teeth cleaning, examinations, restorative services, X-rays, and oral surgery. There may also be partial coverage for dentures and other prosthodontic services.

How to Apply

You can apply for the OSDCP online or by mail. To download a copy of the application, click here. Print copies of the application forms can also be picked up at local Health Unit offices, but due to COVID-19, these are currently closed to the public.

Local seniors who need help to fill in the application can call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247. A provincial processing centre will review submitted application forms and notify seniors who qualify for the program.

Lyme Disease

It’s time for a ‘tick talk’ – a reminder to be on the lookout for blacklegged (or deer) ticks that may spread Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a serious illness that, left untreated, can lead to recurring arthritis, neurological problems, numbness or paralysis.

Some blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) that causes Lyme disease. If this type of tick attaches to you, it will bite and feed on your blood. The longer an infected tick feeds, the greater your risk of getting Lyme disease.

Blacklegged ticks are present across Ontario, as is shown on the latest 2020 Lyme Disease Risk Map from Public Health Ontario. Wherever you live, work or play, reduce your risk of Lyme disease by avoiding blacklegged ticks that can spread illness.

Reduce Your Risk:

Fight Lyme disease by avoiding blacklegged ticks that can spread illness:

  • Lyme Disease Prevention Tips – Ontario Ministry of Health
  • Watch this short Health Unit video below on ways to prevent Lyme disease by avoiding blacklegged ticks that can spread illness.
Removing a Tick:

Testing for Ticks

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eTick website
  • NEW: The Health Unit no longer accepts blacklegged ticks for testing, but you can still identify ticks by using the free eTick website. To use the site:
    • Simply submit a photo of the tick you encounter
    • You’ll be notified within 48 hours if the tick is the type that may spread Lyme disease
    • You can then determine what additional care you need, including whether to see a health care provider.
  • If you would like to have a tick tested for the presence of Lyme Disease, there are several private labs that can test the tick for a fee:
When to Seek Medical Attention:
  • You experience symptoms of Lyme disease.
  • A blacklegged tick is attached for 24+ hours or is engorged (meaning it’s fed for some time)

For more assistance, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.

Additional Resources

Cannabis FAQs

Is cannabis addictive?

People can become addicted to cannabis. About 1 in 6 teenagers and 1 in 11 adults who use cannabis will develop an addiction.
Regular, often (daily) and heavy cannabis use can lead to a Cannabis Use Disorder, physical dependency, and addiction. The THC in cannabis causes an increase in levels of dopamine, the pleasure chemical in the brain, which can motivate people to keep using it. When you stop using cannabis, you can also get withdrawal symptoms that make you use it again for relief, such as:

  • irritability,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • dysphoria – state of generalized unhappiness, restlessness, dissatisfaction, or frustration,
  • depression or anxiety,
  • cravings, or
  • changes in appetite and weight loss.

Can you overdose on cannabis?

While overdose of cannabis does not happen in the same way as things like opioids, there is still a risk of consuming too much and having a bad reaction such as high levels of anxiety, fear or panic, and psychotic episodes of paranoia, delusions or hallucinations. Hyperemesis syndrome may also occur, where consuming cannabis triggers uncontrollable vomiting.

Overdose or poisoning from other substances: When cannabis is purchased from an unregulated supplier (i.e., off the street or black market), you have no guarantee of what you are getting and the cannabis could contain other substances such as opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, LSD, or household chemicals.

For the reasons above, you should always “start low and go slow” with your cannabis consumption, and always purchase from a licensed retailer.

Overdose in children: If cannabis is stored in areas that can be accessed by children, the possibility of them either intentionally or unintentionally consuming the product is increased. Similar to alcohol, it is important that products that can cause impairment, overdose, or poisoning are stored out of reach from children.

If you or someone else is having a bad reaction to cannabis, or a child ingests cannabis, call the Ontario Poison Centre (1-800-268-9017) or 911 immediately.

Is cannabis safer than tobacco?

Cannabis smoke has many similar carcinogens, toxins, and irritants that are found in tobacco smoke and known to cause cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases like bronchitis.

Cannabis is not harmless just because it’s more “natural”. Any substance, whether it’s tobacco, alcohol, or cannabis, will have effects on your mental and physical health, so it’s important to know what those are.

What are the harms of second-hand cannabis smoke?

Although the risks from exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke are still being studied, cannabis smoke has many similar carcinogens, toxins, and irritants that are found in tobacco smoke and known to cause cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases like bronchitis. For this reason, exposure to cannabis smoke should be avoided. Cannabis should not be smoked indoors and should be kept away from children.

Are there certain activities I should avoid while using cannabis?

Do NOT use cannabis while:

  • driving or operating heavy or hazardous machinery,
  • being a caretaker for children,
  • during situations where you need to make important decisions, or
  • doing any other activity that requires full concentration and ability to react quickly (e.g., driving).

Should I avoid cannabis use if I have a personal or family history of mental illness or substance use disorder?

Individuals with a personal or family history of mental illness (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia), or problems with drug use should avoid cannabis because these conditions can be brought on or made worse with cannabis use.

What is the harm of using cannabis with alcohol or tobacco?

Mixing alcohol with cannabis increases the level of impairment you have, increasing your risk of harm.

Smoking tobacco and cannabis together (e.g. adding tobacco to cannabis joints) may increase your risk of lung or other cancers and addiction.

My Health

Health is more than the absence of illness or disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.

The HKPR District Health Unit offers programs, services and information to help you and your family become or remain healthy. To learn more, visit any of the links available or call our office at 1-866-888-4577.


What is cannabis?

Cannabis is known by many names including marijuana, weed, pot, hash—and others. Cannabis refers to the greenish or brownish material that comes from the dried flowering tops/buds & leaves of the plants, Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica.

Marijuana flower, often called buds or cannbis
Marijuana flower, often called buds or cannbis

Cannabis contains over 140 cannabinoids – chemicals that affect how our brain functions and affects our mental state and physical movements.

The most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

Cannabis and Your Health

Just as with alcohol or tobacco, cannabis is not a harmless substance. It’s important for you to be informed of what is known about the harms of cannabis use so you can reduce your health risks.

Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to improve your health – and that of your loved ones. It’s never too late to quit. As soon as you stop smoking, you start to experience health benefits.

Need support to quit smoking? Here are resources to help:

  • Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to speak to a Registered Nurse for free and confidential advice to quit.
  • Speak to a pharmacist for the best ways to quit, including medications.

Additional Resources

Oral Health

Dental Services

Good oral health plays an important role in our overall health.

Children and Teens

The Health Unit offers the following free preventive oral (dental) health services for eligible children and teens up to 17 years of age:

  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Sealants
  • Scaling

The new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded program geared to low-income seniors who do not have private dental coverage.

Find out more on our Seniors Dental Services page.

To learn more about our oral health clinics, call us toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247.

What are the Harms of Cannabis Use?

What are the immediate or short-term harms of cannabis use?

Cannabis use can cause unpleasant, unwanted or negative effects on your brain and body, including:

  • confusion and difficulty concentrating,
  • anxiety, fear or panic,
  • psychotic episodes of paranoia, delusions or hallucinations,
  • poor co-ordination and slow reaction time,
  • increased risk of injury (e.g., motor vehicle collision, falls),
  • sleepiness,
  • coughing, wheezing,
  • shortness of breath,
  • decreased blood pressure (risk of fainting or passing out),
  • increased heart rate (increased risk of heart attack), or
  • hyperemesis syndrome (uncontrollable vomiting).
What are the harms of cannabis use if I use it over a long period of time?

Long-term effects develop over time with daily or near-daily use over weeks, months or years. The effects can last from several days to months or longer after you stop using cannabis. For those who begin consuming cannabis at a young age (i.e. under 25) or use often, the following effects may become permanent:

  • addiction (Cannabis Use Disorder),
  • depression or anxiety,
  • schizophrenia or other psychosis,
  • harms to memory and concentration,
  • lowering of intelligence or IQ,
  • negative effects on your ability to think and make decisions,
  • chronic (long-term) cough (when smoked),
  • increased mucus buildup in the throat (when smoked),
  • bronchitis (when smoked), or
  • lung infections (when smoked).

Cannabis: Edibles

Are there ways to lower my risk of harm with edible products?

Here are some things you should know:

  • The effects of cannabis from eating an edible product can be delayed up to 2 hours. If you don’t wait 2 hours to feel the effects, you may consume larger amounts and have worse impairment when you finally do feel it.
  • When ingesting edibles, the “start low and go slow” caution still applies as it will be hard to know how it will affect you.
  • Keep all cannabis products in child-resistant packaging and in a locked area. Keep it out of sight and reach from children.
  • Cannabis in food products are very dangerous to children. Children may mistake these products for regular food such as brownies and cookies and eat them.
  • If a child eats cannabis they can become very sick. Get medical help right away.
  • If your child ingests cannabis, call the Ontario Poison Centre (1-800-268-9017) or 911 immediately.

Financial Assistance for Dental Treatment

Programs for Children

Dental care is not covered under Ontario’s Health Insurance Program (OHIP). Many people do not have dental insurance, and cost is the most serious and common reason people do not see a dentist.

A FREE dental program is available for eligible children and youth 17 years of age and under through the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. No similar programs are available for adults.

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a FREE dental program for eligible children and youth who are 17 years of age and younger.

Children and youth age 17 years and younger are automatically eligible and enrolled into the Healthy Smile Ontario program when they or their family receive:

  • Ontario Works
  • Temporary Care Assistance
  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
  • Ontario Disability Support Program

Children and youth whose families have other dental insurance may still be eligible for assistance. To find out more about Healthy Smiles Ontario, call the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-844-296-6306.

Programs for Adults

There are a few low-cost dental care options for adults available in Port Hope, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

Call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247 for more details or contact the following organizations directly:

  • Port Hope Community Health Centre Dental Program – (905) 885-2626, ext. 208
  • Community Health Centre for the City of Kawartha Lakes Dental Program – (705) 879-4100, ext. 2, or 1-800-461-0327, ext. 180
  • Volunteer Dental Outreach for Haliburton County – (705) 457-3111

Sexual Health

Being sexually active is not risk-free. There is the risk of unplanned pregnancy and the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sexual health nurses from the Health Unit recognize that taking risks is a normal part of human behaviour and we want to make sure our clients have all the information to make an informed decision about sex.

Whether you are sexually active now or thinking about having sex, the Health Unit’s sexual health nurses can help you make healthy sexual choices that are right for you.

For more information on sexual health clinic locations or to make an appointment, call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1205.


Healthy Eating

A healthy diet is one of the contributing factors to a healthy life. By eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and grains, you can feel better and help protect yourself from many illnesses and chronic diseases.

To learn more about healthy eating, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Additional Resources:

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – Health Canada

Sexual Health

Thinking about having sex, or already sexually active? Either way, it’s important you know the potential risks and take precautions. By making healthy choices, you can avoid unplanned pregnancies, the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and other problems.

Sexual Health Nurses with the Health Unit can help you make informed choices that are right for you. Sexual Health Nurses provide:

  • Sexual Health Clinics in your area
  • Free STI testing and treatment
  • Free condoms and low-cost birth control
  • Free pregnancy testing and much more

To speak to a Sexual Health Nurse, or make an appointment at a Sexual Health Clinic, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1205

Sexual Health Ontario

Sex and You


Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common type of sexually transmitted infection in Canada. Approximately 80 per cent of Canadians will get HPV at least once in their lives, with people younger than 25 years of age having the most infections.

HPV is spread through various kinds of sexual activity (vaginal, anal, or oral). It can also be spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected partner. Most HPV infections have no signs or symptoms.

HPV causes:

  • 90 per cent of all genital warts
  • 70 per cent of all cancers of the cervix
  • other cancers of the vagina, and vulva

HPV vaccination is 98 per cent effective in stopping the four types of HPV infection that can cause:

  • precancerous changes and cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina
  • genital and anal warts
Protect Yourself!

The Health Unit can provide HPV immunization to eligible individuals, including all boys and girls in Grade 7. To see if you or your child can receive the HPV vaccine, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.

HPVinfo.ca – Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Getting the HPV vaccine – Ministry of Health

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine is the ingredient in cigarettes that causes people to become addicted to smoking. When you smoke, the nicotine inhaled from a cigarette reaches your brain in seven to 10 seconds, making it extremely addictive.

Nicotine is not known to cause cancer, lung disease or heart disease. It is the more than 4,000 harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke that cause those diseases. What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) NRT refers to the nicotine patch, gum, inhaler and lozenge. NRT has been approved by Health Canada as an effective medication for helping people to quit smoking as it helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms. NRT is safe for smokers. It provides a “clean” form of nicotine without the other dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes. 

There is very little risk of becoming addicted to NRT. It is unheard of with the patch, but some users of the gum have used it for years to stay off cigarettes. The nicotine from NRT is absorbed into your body much more slowly and in lower doses than from cigarettes. It does not contain the harmful chemicals that are in cigarettes. Health Canada has approved three types of medications for helping people quit smoking. If used properly, these medications can double to quadruple the quit rates.

Workplace Health

Make It Part of Your Business

Most of us spend a large part of our day at work. Creating a healthy workplace where the culture, climate, practices and policies support employee well-being is worth the effort. It pays off in many ways:

  • Higher productivity
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Better staff morale
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved physical and mental health.

Put Workplace Health to Work For You

Check out these resources to support a healthy workplace:

Birth Control and Breastfeeding

There are many birth control methods that are reliable and do not affect breastfeeding. It’s important to research which method is right for you and your partner.

Only you will know when you are ready to have sex again after the birth of your baby. Generally, you can have sex again when you have stopped bleeding and have recovered from the birth.

Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider and make sure you have chosen a type of birth control that is safe for breastfeeding moms.


Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

  • Short-term birth control (first six months after deliver)
  • Positive effect on breastfeeding
  • 98% reliable if used correctly. Key is to breastfeed often, both day and night, to delay the return of your period and suppress your fertility.
  • To use this method, must answer “no” to all three questions. If you answer “yes” to one question, you should use another birth control method.
    • Has your period returned? (a period is two days of bleeding in a row that occurs eight weeks after the date of delivery)
    • Are there long periods without breastfeeding (longer than four hours in the day and six hours at night)?
    • Is your baby more than six months old?

Barrier Method

  • No effect on breastfeeding
  • Condoms (male and female) are widely available, inexpensive and you do not need a prescription.
  • Most reliable if used with spermicides. Spermicides need to be inserted into the vagina ahead of time

Intrauterine Devices

  • No adverse effects on breastmilk supply if supply is well established
  • Need to be seen by a health care provider for access to Intrauterine Device and Intrauterine System

Hormonal Method

  • Taking hormones can decrease milk supply, and newborns may have difficulty removing hormones from their system
  • The pill, patch and Estrogen and Progestin vagina ring are only available with a prescription from a health care provider

Natural Family Planning

  • There is no impact on breastfeeding
  • The goal of natural family planning is to learn when you are ovulating and avoid sex during fertile times

To learn more about safe birth control methods and breastfeeding, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003.

Menu Labelling

The Healthy Menu Choice Act requires food service providers with 20 or more locations in Ontario — such as restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres — to include the number of calories for each food and beverage item on their menus, labels or tags.

Health units are responsible for inspecting restaurants under the new Healthy Menu Choices Act to ensure signage is in compliance.

To learn more, visit the links below or contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.

Additional Resource

Calories on Menus – Province of Ontario

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