Flu Vaccine – Where to Get Your Shot

Flu vaccine is very effective in protecting you and your family from influenza this winter! Please get your free flu vaccine, as doses are now available at many locations across the region just in time for the upcoming influenza season.

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 and you do not have a family doctor, 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 – Local Pharmacies

Many pharmacies in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes are providing flu vaccine. NEW: Children as young as two years of age can now get their flu shot at a participating pharmacy. This year, pharmacies are also providing 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, 186 Highland St., 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


  • Bewdley Pharmacy, 7147 Lake St., Bewdley, (905) 797-1111


  • Brighton Clinic Pharmacy, 46 Prince Edward St., Brighton, (613) 475-1818
  • Brighton Pharmachoice, 19 Elizabeth St., Brighton, (613) 475-9595
  • 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
  • Metro Pharmacy, 1111 Elgin St. W., Cobourg (905) 377-0613


  • 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
  • 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


  • Bethany Drug Mart, 1484 Hwy 7A, Bethany, (705) 340-7602


  • 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


  • Countryside Pharmacy, 19 King St. E., Omemee (705) 799-5794

Exemptions from Immunizations

Parents may complete a Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit form for their child if they are religiously or philosophically opposed to immunization.

The Statement of Medical Exemption is a form for children who require an immunization exemption for medical reasons (i.e. prior immunity or medical contraindication). A Physician or Nurse Practitioner must complete the form.

To learn more about getting exemptions, please visit Vaccines for Children at School (Ministry of Health website) for step-by-step instructions. If you have any additional questions, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.

Completed exemption forms must be returned to your local Health Unit office.

Physical Activity

Physical activity is extremely important for maintaining our physical and mental health.  

It has been difficult to be active due to the pandemic and cancellation of sports teams and activities, but back-to-school means back to a daily routine. Physical activity is an essential part of anyone’s routine and should account for one hour of your day.

When it comes to exercise, activity levels can range from low – high intensity, so there’s an option for everyone no matter your age, abilities, shape, or size. For example:

  • Low-intensity activities = walking, yoga, swimming, light weights, casual cycling.
  • Moderate-intensity activities = brisk walking, hiking, rollerblading, dancing, tennis, badminton.
  • High-intensity activities = running, skipping, heavy weightlifting and sports such as soccer, basketball, football, hockey and skiing.

Physical activity keeps your learning skills sharp, strengthens your bones and muscles, and reduces the risk of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Regularly moving your body also helps prevent physical health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer.



The pandemic may have thrown a wrench in our sleeping habits, but going back-to-school means it’s time to get back to a consistent sleep routine.  

A regular sleep schedule will help with success in the classroom, as lack of sleep can cause forgetfulness, difficulty in learning, low motivation and could directly impact their mental health. 

Check out these tips and tricks to get back on a healthy sleep cycle: 

  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time: this allows our bodies to get used to it and eventually regulate itself to that schedule accordingly. 
  • Have a bedtime routine: shut down the electronics and get out the books, make sure teeth are brushed, clothes are picked out and lunches are packed before crawling into bed. 
  • Create a healthy sleeping space: make sure the bed is in a cool, dark, quiet room with no access to electronics or distractions that could keep us up at night. 

For additional information on how to create a healthy sleep routine for all ages, visit: Sleep: Benefits and recommended amounts (aboutkidshealth.ca) 

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is essential for our physical and mental development.  

In addition to enjoying a well-balanced diet, it’s important to create a healthy food environment and develop our food skills and eating habits.  

When it comes to back to school, a student’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all have a direct impact on their ability to learn and stay focused.  

Canada’s Food Guide makes it simple to put together a nutritious meal or snack.  

The key to a well-balanced meal is the proportion of each food group. Aim for 50 per cent of foods eaten in a single day/meal to be fruit and vegetables, 25 per cent should be whole grain foods and the last 25 per cent should be protein (more often plant-based).  

In addition to food proportions, the number of meals and snacks one consumes in a day is important. Students needs three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), plus one to three snacks.  

Healthy foods: 

  • Whole, fresh and unprocessed  
  • Sourced locally (when possible), to avoid pesticides 
  • Natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, dates) 

Foods to limit: 

  • Sugar and sugar substitutes (these contribute to tooth decay and have no nutritional value) 
  • Low-sodium foods (eating too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and risk of heart disease) 
  • Processed foods  

Offer your child water when they are thirsty. Avoid fruit juices and instead replace with actual fruit.  

In-school meals: 

  • Nut free: Remember that in-person learning requires a nut-free environment. If you or your child can eat nuts, make sure it’s done at home and not part of school lunches.
  • Garbage free: On top of encouraging healthy eating habits through meals, you can develop sustainable practices, such as packing lunches in re-usable containers and limiting the amount of plastic used.  

For additional resources on nutrition and healthy eating development, visit: 

Mental Health

Mental Health is more important for this back-to-school year than ever. We may experience stress and anxiety around returning to in-person learning post-pandemic for numerous reasons.  

Communication is key. Talk to your child and try to understand how they are feeling about going back to school. Whether it’s nerves regarding social settings, being away from home, or feeling insecure about their body (puberty), your children need to be able to approach you without fear of being criticized or dismissed.  

Being open and available for safe and healthy discussion then gives you a chance to respond to their concerns with actionable solutions to help ease their worries. It also allows you to highlight all the benefits of returning to in-school learning and end the conversation on a positive note.  

For more information, check out these fantastic resources to help maintain your children’s mental wellness:  

LGBTQ2+ Students

Going back to in-person learning can be stressful, especially for LGBTQ2+ students who can often feel unsafe in school.  

The 2021 Every Class in Every School Final Report on the Second National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools reports we are still a long way from eradicating discrimination against students’ personal identification and sexual orientation.  

To help, parents can continue to educate their children on the importance of inclusion, kindness and acceptance.  

The following resources can also help a child to know where to seek support if needed: 


“Homework” – no one likes to hear this word. Fortunately, appropriately building homework into your daily routine will make it seem less like a chore and more like a task we are motivated to complete.  

When scheduling homework time, keep the following in mind: 

  • After-school break: allow for time to relax and have a snack before diving into homework. 
  • Dedicated homework space: make sure there is a comfortable area free of interruptions. 
  • Provide help: let your child tackle their homework on their own, only assisting when needed. Help with homework doesn’t need to fall on the parents/guardians. Instead try study buddies, homework clubs or tutors.  

For more tips on creating a smooth, stress-free homework routine, visit: 10 Tips for Creating a Smooth, Stress-Free Homework Routine – Help! We’ve Got Kids (helpwevegotkids.com) 


Nothing keeps us organized like a routine. Consistency in day-to-day activities provides children with a sense of security and helps everyone maintain order within the household.  

A routine is increasingly important when children and youth are in school. Creating and maintaining a daily routine for back-to-school will help us with time management (getting to and from school on time, completing homework assignments, participating in extracurricular activities, etc.) and build our independence.

One way to establish your routine is to maintain a monthly calendar that’s displayed in a shared room of the household. This ensures the entire facamily knows where each of them needs to be and when.  

Things to include in your daily routine: 

  • Wake up and breakfast
  • School start and end times 
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Assignment due dates 
  • Dinner time 
  • Homework hour
  • Preparation for tomorrow’s school day (if you have younger kids, help them pick out their clothes, pack their lunch and assemble their backpack for a smooth morning the following day) 
  • Bedtime 

A routine will help with everyone’s stress levels and make managing life all that much easier. With that said, practice some flexibility. It’s important for us to learn to go with the flow when life throws its unexpected curveballs.  

My Family

The health of your family is important. The HKPR District Health Unit offers a variety of programs, services, support and resources to help all members of your family stay healthy.

To learn how the Health Unit can help, call us toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Speech and Language

Speech and Language

Communication Counts!

By the time most children are four years of age, they can speak and communicate well with others. However, some children have difficulty developing their speech and language skills. This puts them at risk for failure in school, which could lead to further problems later in life. As parents, we all want the best for our children.

Make sure your baby, toddler or preschooler’s speech skills are on track by calling the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and having your child’s speech skills checked over the phone. For more information, call your local health unit, a partner in the District Preschool Speech and Language Program.

Reading to Your Child

While reading to your child is an important step in helping your child develop strong speech and language skills, it also provides a chance to spend important time together. Try to read to your child every day.

Choosing a book:

  • pictures should be clear with not too many objects on a page
  • books should have a picture story that makes sense without the printed words
  • the story should be appropriate for the child’s age
  • include books that teach new speech sounds (farm animals, things to wear, parts of the body) or morals (how to share etc.)
  • books should help add new words to the child’s vocabulary

How to read a book with your child:

  • let your child choose the books and pages to read
  • sit together for as long as the child is interested
  • let them hold the book and turn the pages
  • point to the pictures as you talk about them
  • let your child describe the pictures and tell the story to you
  • you tell the story, but leave out words or parts of sentences for the child to fill in
  • show delight and enthusiasm as you read the books

For more tips on reading with your child, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext (?)

Communication Counts!

By the time most children are four years of age, they can speak and communicate well with others.

However, some children have difficulty developing their speech and language skills. This puts them at risk for failure in school, which could lead to further problems later in life.

Make sure your baby, toddler or preschooler’s speech skills are on track by calling the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and having your child’s speech skills checked over the phone.

For more information, call your local health unit, a partner in the District Preschool Speech and Language Program.

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