Well Baby Clinic Diet Slip, 1960

City of Edmonton Archives

Baby be Well; In Defence of Alberta

Albertans in the past had quite a few maladies to avoid! Diphtheria, measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, influenza, typhoid, and other illnesses caused by food, water, and milk were a common threat.

In 1892, the Town of Edmonton formed the municipal Department of Health, later known as the Local Board of Health, to regulate sanitation issues and to protect the health of the residents of the Edmonton area. The Province of Alberta adopted a similar policy and in 1911 the Provincial Health Act mandated that every city and town in Alberta form a local board of health. Health boards across the Province provided education about disease and health issues, vaccination clinics, and supervision of the processing and distribution of food, milk, and water.

Well Baby Clinic Diet Slip, 1960

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