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Ministry of Health

Office of the Provincial Health Officer

  • Ebola
  • New HIV Testing Guidelines for BC (PDF 555K)
  • Policy Communique and Influenza Control Program Policy (PDF 203K)
  • January 9, 2014 - H5N1 Bulletin (PDF 89K)
  • Smart Meter and Cancer Risk Statement

    A statement was prepared at the request of the Provincial Health Officer by Mary McBride, Distinguished Scientist, Department of Cancer Control, of the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC. It has been approved by Dr David McLean, Head of cancer Prevention BCCA.

  • Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

    Information about the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields - such as those emitted by cell phones - as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

  • Seasonal Influenza 2011
  • Childhood Obesity Framework
    In September 2010, Canada’s health and healthy living ministers endorsed Curbing Childhood Obesity, a Federal, Provincial and Territorial framework for action to promote healthy weights in young people.
  • Declaration on Health Promotion and Prevention
    In September 2010, Canada’s health and healthy living ministers endorsed the declaration on prevention and health promotion, Creating a Healthier Canada: Making Prevention a Priority, which lays out a vision of how governments will work together and with others to make the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, disability and injury a priority for action.
  • Guidelines for Tattooing (PDF 89K)
    This publication covers informed consent, premises, and operation, preparation, and handling of instruments and equipment, pigments (dyes or inks), infection control, waste disposal, personal service workers, and post-tattooing skin care.
  • H1N1 Site for Nurses
    This website provides BC Nurses (Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses) with information and resources to support nursing practice related to H1N1 influenza virus.
  • H1N1 Site for the Physicians of B.C.
    At the request of B.C.’s physicians, this web resource has been established to provide a centralised and ongoing source of current information about the emerging issues surrounding the novel H1N1 flu virus.
  • H1N1 Site for Pharmacists
    This website provides clinical and logistical information about dispensing antiviral medications, information about in-pharmacy infection control and information on antiviral treatment for pharmacy patients.
  • H1N1 Flu Virus
    The H1N1 influenza virus (human swine influenza or human swine flu) is a respiratory disease of humans caused by type A influenza virus. The majority of the H1N1 flu virus cases in British Columbia have been relatively mild and were detected by the Province's robust and responsive public health surveillance system.
  • New Web Portal helps Canadians to Fight Flu
    Canada's provinces and territories and the Public Health Agency of Canada have together provided a website to provide Canadians with one-stop access to information about influenza (the flu) and ways to limit its spread. Visitors to the web portal can find fact sheets on influenza, tips for avoiding infection in more than 10 languages, and links to influenza information campaigns within their home province or territory.
  • Listeria update from Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Perry Kendall
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Maple Leaf Foods have expanded the previous public warning issued on August 19, 2008 and are now warning the public not to serve or consume any products produced at Maple Leaf's Establishment 97B plant because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Influenza Vaccination
    The flu is a serious illness that takes its toll on people in schools, hospitals and other workplaces every year. Getting the flu shot is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and others from the flu.
  • Pandemic Influenza
    An influenza pandemic may occur when an influenza virus radically changes and can easily infect humans, and against which people have little or no immunity. Preparing in advance and knowing the proper health protection measures can help safeguard your and your family's health if this type of event occurs in B.C.
  • Avian Influenza
    Avian influenza is a contagious viral infection that can affect all species of birds (chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, pet birds and wild birds).
  • West Nile Virus
    West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne virus. In nature it is normally passed between mosquitoes and birds.
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    The Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control are currently monitoring the recent cases of SARS reported in China by the World Health Organization.
  • Drinking Water
    Safe drinking water is essential for human health and survival. It is used for human consumption, food preparation, or other normal household purposes.
  • For information on mad cow disease see Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  • Comments on Bill 39, the Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act.

Ebola Response Plan

BC Medical Health Officers

Pandemic Planning

Drinking Water Request for Review

Pediatric Growth Charts

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