Nanaimo Public Health

Nanaimo Public Health

Serving and involving the people of Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Gabriola and surrounding areas to maintain and improve health.

We provide public health programs and services to individuals and our community to increase the health and wellness of the residents we serve. We offer programs and services related to: immunizations; influenza campaigns; child health and development; perinatal; youth sexual health; nutrition; parenting; dental; speech; and hearing.

Mission: Provide accurate health information and services in order to help create healthier, stronger communities and a better quality of life for the residents we serve.

Have you seen the new Canada Food Guide?๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅ—
It is recommended for all Canadians over 2 years old! ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

Check out the links below for the full guide and the website with more information, tips and delicious recipes! ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿค๐Ÿณ

Tis the season for influenza! ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ˜ท
See below for influenza Q&A!
Got questions? Please call our nursing intake line at 250-755-3388!
Wanting a flu shot for your children? Please visit our Drop in clinics Tuesday morning 9-11 ( 1665 Grant) or Mondays 1-3 Princess Royal Location (80 Chapel St)

Influenza Immunization Q & A | @ImmunizedotCa |
#GetImmunized #FluShot

[01/17/19]   Are your children needing vaccinations? ๐Ÿค”
We have drop in clinics every Tuesday from 9:00-11:00am at the Nanaimo Health Unit (1665 Grant Ave) and
Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm at our Princess Royal Location (80 Chapel street).
Wanting an appointment? Please call 250-755-3342! ๐Ÿ˜

[01/17/19]   ๐Ÿคฉ***Contest time***๐Ÿคฉ

We are wanting to revamp and freshen up our page! In order to do so, we want your feedback!
Enter to win one of 3 giftcards to Tim Hortons and London Drugs!๐Ÿฉโ˜•๏ธ
1.) Like and share this post. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘
2.) In the comment section, tell us what you would want to see on our page. OR...write a review of your experience with Nanaimo Public Health on the review page!๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Winners names will be drawn randomly!
Good luck!!!๐Ÿ™
Contest closes January 25/19 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Healthy Beginnings schedule for January!

[12/24/18]   Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Nanaimo Public Health team! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„โ›„๏ธ

City of Nanaimo Residents Urged to Conserve Water

The city of Nanaimo has issued a notice to not use any city water until further notice! Please see link below! ๐Ÿ’ฆ The windstorm and power outages have affected the City of Nanaimo's Water Treatment Plant ability to deliver water to the system. As a result, residents and businesses should not use water until further notice.

[12/18/18]   Did you know๐Ÿค”
We offer a supportive group called "Adjustments" for all pregnant and postpartum women (with babies up to 12 months of age) with mood concerns. The group is facilitated by a Public Health Nurse and a Mental Health Clinician.
Adjustments group is held every Tuesday from 9:30am-11:30am at our Princess Royal location (80 Chapel Street). Free childcare is availble on site for children 6 months- 5 years).
If you would like to know more, or if you are interested in joining, please call our nursing intake line at 250-755-3388. ๐ŸŒท

[12/14/18]   Nanaimo Public Health will be reducing services from December 23- December 29th.
We will not be providing immunization clinics during this time.
Our regular drop in clinics will not be held:
December 24 (Princess Royal Family Center)
December 25th and January 1st at the Nanaimo Health Center.
Last drop in clinic before Christmas is Tuesday December 18th from 9-11 at the Nanaimo Health Unit (1665 Grant Ave) and Monday December 17th from 1-3 at Princess Royal Family Center (80 Chapel St).

Wishing everyone happy holidays from all the Nanaimo Public Health staff !!! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„โ›„๏ธ

[12/11/18]   Have your children recieved their 2nd dose of flu? (**All children under the age of 9 should have two doses of the flu vaccine 4 weeks apart in their first year of recieving it**) ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ˜ท
We are having an extra drop in Flu clinic this Saturday December 15th from 1:30-3:30. Please come to our side door of the Health Unit (1665 Grant Ave) and ring the door bell for service!
If you are unable to make the Saturday drop in, you are welcome to come to our Tuesday drop in clinics from 9-11 (Nanaimo Health Unit 1665 Grant Ave) OR Mondays 1:00-3:00 (Princess Royal Family Center 80 Chapel St).

*****There will be no drop in vaccine clinics Dec 25th and Jan 1st.***** โ›„๏ธ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„

Healthy Beginnings schedule for December!

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand foot and mouth disease (HF&M) has been spreading itself around Nanaimo ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ท
HF&M is a virus than commonly infects children, but it can also infect adults too!
Symptoms of HF&M generally start with a fever, sore throat, cold like symptoms and tiredness ๐Ÿคง. It can then develop into blisters to mouth, hands and feet . Sometimes people may also experience peeling skin, finger and toe nails. Once someone is infected, they can pass the virus on for 7-10 days.
The best way to prevent HF&M is to practice good hand hygiene! ๐Ÿ’ฆ
For more information, please see the attached healthfile from Healthlink BC.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Nanaimo Public Health nursing intake line at 250-755-3388.
*reference from Healthfile number 64* What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by certain types of viruses. It is most common in children under 10 years of age, but older children and adults may also get the disease. Most cases occur in the summer and early fall.


[11/10/18]   Flu season is upon us! ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿคง
To protect yourself and others at risk we encourage to come in and get a flu vaccine!๐Ÿ’‰
We have a drop in flu clinic Thursday November 15/18 at the Nanaimo Health Unit from 4:00-6:30pm for children and families.
Or children and families can attend our regular Tuesday morning vaccine drop in clinic from 9am-11am (Nanaimo Health Unit) OR Mondays 1:00-3:00pm (Princess Royal Family Center 80 Chapel St)
If you have any questions please call us at 250-755-3388.

Healthy Beginnings Calendar for November ๐Ÿ˜
For all babies 0-6 months of age (Nanaimo Health Unit) and babies 0-12 months of age (Ladysmith Health Center)

Cuteness overload!!! ๐Ÿ˜ Some of our Healthy Beginnings babies dressed up for a Halloween craft today! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

**Reminder to everyone with a child age 4-6 years old!** Have they had their kindergarten vaccines? These vaccines are not provided at school. If you are unsure or would like to book an appointment, please call 250-755-3342 or come to our drop in clinics every Tuesday from 9am-11am (Nanaimo Health Center - 1665 Grant Avenue) OR
Monday from 1:00-3:00 ( Princess Royal Family Center- 80 Chapel St). ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ

Nanaimo | GoByBike BC

GoByBike registration is now open! Register your family from Oct 15-28th! Encourage others to join!

Visit The City of Nanaimo page and to register! ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Click on the youtube link for more information:

Some of our babes that come to our Tuesday Healthy Beginnings Class ๐Ÿ˜
Come and join us!!! Healthy Begnnings is every Tuesday for all babies 0-6months old from 1pm-2:30pm (at the Nanaimo Health unit) OR in Ladysmith on Fridays for babies 0-12 months 10am-1130am (Ladysmith Health Center). ๐Ÿ‘ถ

Did you know in BC all mothers have the legal right to breastfeed in ALL public places๐Ÿ˜ฒ? Business show your support, come on in and get a free window cling sticker and posterโ˜บ๏ธ! Pick up from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday at 1665 Grant Avenue! Please share to raise awareness! ๐Ÿค—

Healthy Beginnings schedule for October!

Nanaimo Public Health Team celebrating the R U OK event yesterday!

[09/07/18]   Nanaimo Public Health is looking for a childminder!

If you are interested in working as a contracted childminder to support our Nanaimo Public Health programs located at Princess Royal Family Centre, please send in your resume
Qualifications are: ECE prefered, 3 years expereince working with children, ability to maintain client confidentiality as well as basic first aid.
A criminal record check is a requirment of the position.
Please send your resume to: or drop off at 1665 Grant ave Nanaimo Attn: Erin Kenning

Healthy Beginnings schedule for September!

[08/22/18]   August is a good time to think about immunizations; especially for your Kindergarten or Gr. 1 child who may have missed their 4-6 year old boosters. Call us Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30 pm - 250-755-3342 to book into one of our school aged clinics

Healthy Beginnings schedule for August!

Healthy Beginnings schedule for July!

Healthy Beginnings Schedule for June!

Central Island Healthy Lifestyles - Shapedown BC

Central Island Healthy Lifestyles is celebrating 5 years of working with families on Vancouver Island. We are happy to be joining up with Nanaimo doctors on May 12th to encourage physical activity during The Walk with your Doc event. Physicians will take to trails at Maffeo Sutton Park with patients and their families. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring your water bottle and meet under the Spirit Square in Maffeo Sutton on May 12th @ 10 am. We look forward to seeing you! Island Health provides health care services through a network of hospitals, clinics, centres, health units, and residential care locations. We serve people on Vancouver Island and its surrounding islands as well as people living in mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet...

Healthy Beginnings schedule for May!

Nanaimo Public Health showing support for Humboldt! #humboldtstrong #jerseysforhumboldt #islandhealth #nanaimo

Group A Streptococcal Infections

A letter issued Friday by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District about streptococcal infection contained inaccuracies. Parents and students should note that the letter discussed an incident of an aggressive streptococcal infection from several weeks ago. There have been no related infections. There is no increased cause for concern. What are Group A Streptococcal infections?

Group A Streptococcus bacteria, also known as GAS or strep, can infect anyone at any age. Infections generally result in mild illnesses. The most common GAS infection is strep throat. Other types of common infections include skin and wound....

Healthy Beginnings April 2018 schedule!

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools District

Check out the SD magazine with a feature of our school wellness centers

The spring edition of ConnectED (digital magazine) is out. Check out what's happening in NLPS - stories include: 1st Bee School in BC, The Best Me I Can Be, Lifelong Learning, Spring break camps & activities and much more...

Healthy Beginnings schedule for March!

Healthy Beginnings schedule for February 2018!

Have you given birth in Nanaimo in the past 3 years? Help us improve maternity patient care by taking out maternity care survey!

Island Health

Though tampon use is not the only factor leading to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), it is one women should consider when making the choice between pads and tampons.

TSS is a rare, but serious infection that presents symptoms similar to the flu. For more information and to learn how to reduce your risk, visit:

Further information from the Government of Canada:

Healthy Beginnings Schedule for January!

Happy New Years to all our Nanaimo families

[12/21/17]   Need your families flu vaccine today!! We have staff available to immunize now till 4pm, come to Grant Ave health unit !!!

Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership - Early Years Healthy Start Fairs

The action packed and completely FREE Early Years Healthy Start Fair is an awesome event for Nanaimo and area families! The fair includes games, stories and activities, public health nursing, family resources, giveaways and much more! Join the fun on Monday, January 15th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre. (Neutral Zone - 421 Franklyn Street, Nanaimo) For more information please visit:
See you there!

Healthy Beginnings schedule for December 2017!

Island Health are looking for volunteers who understand what it is to suffer from an eating disorder and who would be willing to support others on their journey to recovery through 1:1 peer mentoring.

Hand in Hand provides training for those willing to contribute their time, skills, and energy to our community. Learn more:

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1665 Grant Avenue
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 5K7

General information

Nanaimo Public Health provides services to more than 95,000 people in the greater Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Gabriola area.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30
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