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Diseases and Infections

The human body is well equipped to defend itself from harmful bacteria and viruses. We filter things out of our body that we don’t need or that can cause us harm. Our cells and organs make “defenders” to destroy invading germs. Our skin and liquids (like tears and saliva) play a huge role in protecting us by keeping germs out. We can help our body. What we do can change how well our body can defend itself. Read tips on how to prevent infectious disease and how to protect others from infection. 


The Northwestern Health Unit provides services, surveillance, and information related to:

Lyme disease and ticks
Learn about Lyme disease, tick removal, and tick prevention.


Rabies and animal bites
Learn about rabies, preventing animal bites, and what to do if you have been bit.


Tuberculosis
Learn about TB signs and symptoms, health unit services, and how to prevent the disease from spreading.


West Nile Virus and mosquitos
Learn about WNV, how it is transmitted and steps you can take to reduce your risk.


Childhood infections
Learn more about the common cold, pink eye, ear infections, RSV and more illnesses that can affect children. 

Information for schools and daycares
Learn about the reporting requirements for schools and daycares related to infectious disease, as well as prevention and management guidelines


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Public Health Question
  • Q:
    How old does my baby have to be to get the flu shot?
    A:
    ​The earliest age that your child can get their flu shot is 6 months. If your child is younger than 6 months or will be born during the flu season it is very important for those in the household as well as close contacts of the infant to have thei...