October 12, 2006
Media Release

Prevent illness.  Keep germs out of business

October 16-22 is National Infection Control Week
NEWMARKET –   National Infection Control Week is October 16-22, 2006.  National Infection Control Week continues to provide professionals in this field with an opportunity to educate the community about the importance of infection prevention.  The goal of this year’s campaign is to raise awareness on the importance of infection control practices in the workplace.
According to Statistics Canada, work absence due to illness and/or other personal reasons, has increased from 7.3 days (per worker/per year) in 1997 to 9.2 in 2004 (Statistics Canada, April 2005).
This year, York Region Health Services will partner with a local business and highlight its effective infection prevention and control practices. 
What:  York Region Health Services will deliver two interactive educational sessions to employees on infection prevention and control practices in the workplace and various ways employees can reduce their risk of illness.
When:  Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 - 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
             11:30 a.m. Welcoming remarks by Dr. Karim Kurji, Acting Medical Officer of Health and Director of Public Health Programs, York Region
(Immediately following the welcoming remarks, the two educational sessions will be delivered)
  Where: Scholastic Canada Ltd.
175 Hillmount Road,
Markham, Ontario   L6C 1Z7
Who: Dr. Karim Kurji, Acting Medical Officer of Health and Director of Public Health Programs, York Region
York Region Health Services staff
Scholastic Canada Employees
For more information on how you can promote National Infection Control Week at your workplace or to complete a quiz visit our Web site at www.york.ca
For more information on this or any other health-related questions contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (toll free) or visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444 ext. 4016 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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