andrew st. family health centre - Patient Education
andrew st. family health centre -
Patient Education:

PLEASE NOTE: These links are provided to direct you to general medical information.  Please make an appointment for specific advice.  Due to the changing nature of online information, we cannot vouch for the veracity or accuracy of any of the links.

Information about Specific Medical Conditions:
Heart and Stroke Information: Heart & Stroke Foundation

Healthy Lifestyle Information:

Exercise: Physical Activity GuidelinesEverybody needs at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.  This equals 30 minutes a day for five days of the week.  Brisk walking counts as moderate exercise.  Exercise can be done in 10 minute increments. 

Nutrition and Maintaining Healthy Weight:   
   -Canada Food Guide   
   -EatRightOntario   

Reproductive Health and Birth Control:    
   -Sexuality And U   

Smoking:    
   -Smoker's Helpline (1-877-513-5333)

Sunburns: Health Canada Sun Safety

Rotator Cuff Stretching and Strengthening Excercises:


Screening Tests: 

Colon Cancer Screening:  All patients over the age of 50 should be screened for colon cancer.  If you have a strong family history of colon cancer you should have a colonoscopy.  If not, you should do a simple stool sample test every one to two years.  Please talk to your doctor about this.

Breast Cancer Screening: All women ages 50-69 should receive mammograms to check for breast cancer, generally every 2 years.  If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may need earlier or more frequent screenings.

Bone Density Testing:  Everyone over age 65 should have their bone density checked for osteoporosis (thinning of the bones).  See also the osteoporosis.ca website for more information.

Cervical Cancer Screening: Most women between ages 21-69 should have a Pap smear done every 2-3 years to check for cervical cancer.

Prostate Cancer Screening: Routine screening of men for prostate cancer is no longer recommended in most cases.

Immunizations:

Adults:
Tetanus:  All adults should receive a tetanus vaccine once every ten years.

Whooping Cough (pertussis) :  Because of a resurgence in whooping cough, adults should get a one-time dose of the whooping cough vaccine.  This comes combined with the tetanus vaccine

Pneumonia:  Any adult over the age of 65 and any smoker should get the pneumonia vaccine.

Shingles:  The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is recommended for any adult over the age of 65. It is now covered by OHIP for patients 65-70 years old. 70+ Years is NOT covered by OHIP and costs approximately 150$.  Please ask your doctor for a prescription.

Flu:  Influenza can be a serious illness at any age, and can be transmitted from you to other people with weakened immune systems.  Please protect everybody's health by getting your flu shot every year.

Travel Vaccines: Please note that travel vaccines are not covered by OHIP. Travel clinics such as the Region of Waterloo International Travel Clinic or the KW Travel Clinic can give you specific advice.

Children:
Click here for the Ontario schedule of recommended childhood vaccines.




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