Current Health Topics

To support BC's health care providers, this web resource has been established to provide a centralized, current, and evidence-based source of current information about the emerging health issues in BC.

Opioid Overdose

  • B.C.`s Public Health Emergency Progress Update on B.C.`s Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis
    On April 14, 2016, provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency under the Public Health Act. On July 27, 2016. the Premier established the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response. Regular progress reports outline action on B.C.'s public health emergency, identifying achievements to date and next steps underway.

    Progress Updates:
  • Guidelines and Resources for Supportive Housing Providers, Homeless Shelter Providers and Regional Health Authorities on Overdose Prevention and Response

Health Topics

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D-E-F-G

  • Drinking Water Health Topics
    Safe drinking water is essential for human health and survival. It is used for human consumption, food preparation, or other normal household purposes.
  • Ebola
    To support B.C.'s health-care providers, this web resource has been established to provide a centralized and ongoing source of current information about the emerging issues surrounding Ebola.

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H1N1

  • H1N1 Resources for Nurses
    This webpage 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 Resources for Physicians of BC
    At the request of B.C. 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 webpage provides clinical and logistical information about dispensing antiviral medications, information about in-pharmacy infection control and information on antiviral treatment for pharmacy patients.

H5N1

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) (PDF, 47KB)
    A letter from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer to health care providers about the HPV vaccine program.

Influenza

L-M-N-O-P

  • Lifetime Prevention Schedule Summary and Technical Reports
    The Lifetime Prevention Schedule (LPS) is a set of preventive health services for offer by health care providers to everyone in B.C. The services include tests or screening for disease, behavioural interventions or preventive medication and services, provided by a doctor or other health professional.
    The LPS method helps decide on which of all the prevention services are the most valuable to the people in our province.
    The reports establish priorities among effective clinical prevention services in British Columbia by examining clinical effectiveness, impact on population health and cost effectiveness.
     
  • Lyme Disease
    Please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control for a comprehensive overview of Lyme disease
     
  • Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus
    The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus is a particular type of coronavirus which has caused illness over the past year, primarily in the Middle East.
     
  • 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.

Opioid Overdose

  • B.C.`s Public Health Emergency Progress Update on B.C.`s Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis
    On April 14, 2016, provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency under the Public Health Act. On July 27, 2016. the Premier established the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response. Regular progress reports outline action on B.C.'s public health emergency, identifying achievements to date and next steps underway.

    Progress Updates:
  • Guidelines and Resources for Supportive Housing Providers, Homeless Shelter Providers and Regional Health Authorities on Overdose Prevention and Response

Q-R-S-T

  • Radiofrequency and Health (April 2016)
    Information about health concerns related to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by cell phones and smart meters.
     
  • Road Safety and Speed Review
    Reports and Resources Related to Road Safety
     
  • Tattooing Guidelines (PDF, 1.0MB)
    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 (PDF, 1,012KB).

U-V-W-X-Y-Z

  • West Nile Virus
    West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus. In nature it is normally passed between mosquitoes and birds.
     
  • Zika Virus for Healthcare Professionals
    Zika virus causes infections in humans and is transmitted by mosquitos found in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Originally found only in Africa and Asia, the virus was first reported in the Western Hemisphere in 2015. Zika is from the same family of viruses as Dengue and West Nile Virus which are transmitted by the same types of mosquitoes.

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