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Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?

As the temperature lowers and the leaves begin to change colour, we know that fall is well on its way, along with cold and flu season. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important that you take the necessary steps to keep your family and yourself healthy during cold and flu season. One step

Angela Zaharia

Head Lice

Anyone can get head lice. The head louse cannot fly or hop, but can move really fast. Getting lice doesn’t mean you are not clean. The most common way to get lice is by head to head contact which is why children are most likely to get head lice. Lice can move onto another person


Fitness: Get Back to Cardio Health

With colder weather returning, maintaining the same activity as you did in summer needs planning. Don’t procrastinate, plan now to be active through fall and winter. Cardiovascular fitness requires just 30 minutes of modest exercise five days each week. Keeping cardio fit will stave off cardiovascular disease, decrease stress, help you feel positive and maintain

Paul Lacombe

Motion Sickness

We have all experienced brief moments of motion sickness. It occurs when your sense of motion or balance doesn’t match with what your brain thinks. Your brain deals with sensory inputs from your sight, inner ear, muscle, and joints to figure out how you are moving. When any of these inputs gives a conflicting message,

Jeff Fost

Back to School and Acne

Did you know that acne affects 90% of adolescents, and 25% of those affected will still have it in their 20’s? Acne can be hormone-related, worsening as you progress through adolescence to young adult years. Untreated, it can cause permanent scarring and is emotionally damaging. Don’t wait for acne to “just go away”, because on

Christine Zagoruy

Opioid Overdose

Opioids include prescribed and illicit drugs such as morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydromorphone. They are an important category of medications to manage pain for cancer patients, chronic pain sufferers, post-operative pain, and pain associated with many chronic conditions. It is also prescribed for withdrawal from opioid dependence. However, it can be misused for its ability

Janet Rastin


Summer is when that cold beer or pop calls out to you. But both are dehydrating. Just make sure you drink moderately and compensate for having extra water. Hydration should be continual, and slow. The best way to keep hydrated is to drink water throughout the day, eat foods that have higher water content (fruits,

Phil Hudson

Oral Care

A healthy mouth is part of leading a healthy life. Oral care affects your smile, diet, and how you speak. Did you know that the most important part of your mouth to keep clean is the gumline? It is also the most difficult, especially between teeth. Effective oral care includes using proper brushing technique and

Deborah Ellis West End Family and Village Family Pharmachoice

Summer Skin Care

If there is something that all Canadians need more of, it would be summer.  Summer is just a blink of the year, so enjoy every moment of this brief season. But…, don’t forget to get your skin protection on.   It does mean you have to do some preparation.  Sunscreen should be worn 30 minutes

scott lane

Fall Risk

All ages are at risk to fall or injury, including young children learning to walk, or the elderly. Did you know that falls are one of the major causes of injuries to the elderly, and the chance of head injury is high?   Avoiding falls and injury cannot always be done, so wearing an approved,