News & Updates
Flu Vaccine Available:
Influenza season ("flu season" is now reaching its annual peak in Ontario. People of any age can get the flu. The illness usually lasts two to seven days, sometimes longer in the elderly and in people with chronic diseases. Most people who get the flu are ill for only a few days. However, some people can become very ill and may develop complications and require hospitalization. Ontario has experienced several cases that have involved hospitalization.
Preventing the flu is far better than being sick for several days. The best way to avoid the flu includes getting the annual flu shot, thoroughly and regularly washing your hands with soap and water, and to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
The flu vaccine available in Ontario this year does contain protecting against the H1N1 strain. There has been increased demand for vaccination as coverage of the flu outbreak has been more present in the media. The flu vaccine is available at clinics in the community. More information is available on the Peel Region website at http://www.peelregion.ca/flu/.
The UTM Health & Counselling Centre does have vaccine available. Students can make an appointment by dropping by the Centre in DV 1123A or by calling 905-828-5255.
Reading Week Hours:
During Reading Week the Health & Counselling Centre will be open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. There will be no evening hours on Tuesday Feb. 18th and Wednesday Feb. 19th.
Price Changes Effective Jan. 2014:
Effective January, 2014 the cost of the Gardasil vaccine will increase to $145/dose.
New Evening Hours:
Beginning October 1st, the Health & Counselling Centre will be open until 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To view our full schedule, please visit our Hours of Operation page.
New Helpline for Ontario Post-Secondary Students:
Good2Talk is a free, completely confidential and anonymous service that offers post-secondary students professional counselling, mental health information and connections to local resources. The service is available 24 hours a day in both English and French.
Recall of Alysena 28 Birth Control Pills:
A recall of the Alysna 28 birth control pills (Lot LF01899A) has recently been made due to a packaging error in which only 14 days of active contraceptive tablets were provided instead of the prescribed 21 days. Women who use this product are encourage to speak with their doctors.
This is *not* a product distributed through the UTM HCC but students are welcome to make an appointment with one of our health professionals if they are concerned.
International Student Health Insurance:
The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) has made changes to how international students receive their health card. Beginning September 1st, students will be able to access their cards online. Details about this new process are available on the Centre for International Experience's (CIE) UHIP webpage.
Student Health 101: In the latest edition....
- Top 5 Foods to Power Up Your Plate
- Beat Stress Before Your Test
- Drinking Differences
- Run With Your Passion
- Sports Nutrition - Fueling Your Workout
- The Social Web
Check out SH101 for these and many more articles than can help you be healthier.
Not sure why it's important to get immunized? Or where or when to get your immunizations updated?
Visit Immunization Peel or make an appointment at the Health & Counselling Centre to find out more.