Canada Flu

6 Ways To Fend Off The Flu

Bryce Wylde | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Bryce Wylde

Germs are everywhere and sometimes you can't avoid them, but you can avoid touching your face, eyes and nose. By avoiding these areas you reduce your chances of catching and spreading the germs.

12 Ways To Stay Healthy During Cold And Flu Season

Andrea Sarjeant | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Sarjeant

The food that we eat and our lifestyle habits can either boost or impair our immune system. Discover the key nutrients, foods and habits to adopt to help reduce the chance of catching something nasty, and to help speed recovery if you do.

As A Doctor, These 5 Flu Myths Make Me Shake My Head

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

To the healthy individual, the term "flu season" may sound abstract, perhaps irrelevant. But the flu, or influenza, kills about 3,500 Canadians every year and causes about 12,200 of us to be hospitalized due to the illness itself or related complications.

There May Be A Social Reason For The 'Man Cold'

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's about that time of year when those cold and flu viruses will be making yet another surge across the country. For most of us, this will be just another moment where we've caught a bug. But for some, particularly men, the experience may cause a unique consequence more commonly known as the "man cold."

Top 5 Cold And Flu Fighting Supplements

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Cold and flu season is upon us! The usual advice to fight off colds and the flu? Plenty of fluids and lots of rest to let your body fight off the virus. But productive people want to know: isn't there anything else I can do for some extra cold and flu-fighting power?

Your Best Defence Against the Flu

Victor Wong | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Living
Victor Wong

The tell-tale signs are all around us: coughing friends, sniffling family members and colleagues taking sick days. Yes, flu season has returned once again. The flu vaccine is also back and it still remains our best defense against the flu and all Canadians should make flu immunization a priority.

A Needle-Free Flu Vaccine?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The annual flu shot can be a dreaded battle for those with kids; tears and screaming as your little one is reminded of his/her last vaccine experience: a pointy needle and pain in the arm. But for those looking to escape the crying, screaming and the anxiety, there is another option.

The First Thing You Should Do When You Get a Cold

Dr. B.J. Hardick | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. B.J. Hardick

Here's a fall riddle for you. Which comes first, the blankets and hot tea or the cold that keeps you from enjoying anything but? Cold season is descending upon us as quickly as pumpkin spice-everything season, and at some point you'll come down with one, too.

Boost Your Immune System in Time for Flu Season

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

With winter cold and flu season upon us, it is a good time to nail down immune-boosting habits to ward off the ills of winter time germs. Emerging research now suggests that diet, exercise, age, psychological stress and herbal supplements may have an impact on the immune systems ability to fight off assaults from invading microorganisms.

Ontario Union Speaks Out Against 'Vaccine Or Mask' Policy

CP | Keith Leslie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

"They were basically coercing and shaming nurses..."

I'm Grieving One Birthday, Anniversary and Holiday at a Time

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Three months ago, my love died. Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. I am miserable. Distraction and over compensation has been a great (if not especially healthy) strategy for me. If I can't face the pain of loss at the moment, why not flip the script.

It's Been a Rough Year for the Flu Vaccine

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Now that the flu season is coming to an end in Canada, many public health officials will be taking a look back to reflect on the year to see what went right and what went wrong. Upon closer inspection of the details, the problems deal more with unforeseen circumstances than error.

Should You Avoid Your Doctor's Office in Cold and Flu Season?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Respiratory viruses can also be spread through droplets. Stand at least 2 metres away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. That's the distance germ-infected droplets can be propelled in a cough or a sneeze.

New Year, New Flu, New Troubles

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's that time of year again: flu season. Once again, the influenza virus has showed up in Canada threatening up to 20 per cent of the population. For the vaccine to be effective, it has to perfectly mimic the viruses in nature. This is actually harder than one might think as influenza is the master of evolutionary disguise.

This Simple Act Saves Children From Diarrhea and Pneumonia

CARE Canada | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Impact
CARE Canada

These children practiced their performance to express their gratitude to CARE and above all to show us that even in their desperate situation, they have dignity and hope for the future. Handwashing may seem like such a simple act, but for the kids in South Sudan, it can help raise the possibility of many more birthdays to come.

This Holiday, Treat Yourself to Alcohol (-Based Sanitizer)

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

December is now in full swing as are all the activities related to the holiday season. From shopping, to parties, to those getaways to escape the cold, Canadians are moving and mingling. Sadly, this time also marks an upwards shift in the number of respiratory infections.

The Flu Vaccine Might Not Work This Year (But Get It Anyway)

CP | Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious ill...

Three Holiday Foods to Boost Immune Health

Jane Dummer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

You may think it's more difficult to be healthy over the holiday season, but many of your favourite holiday foods are stuffed with nutrition. When you practice portion control and tweak preparation techniques, you'll cruise through the season with the health benefits and energy to fight off any germs lurking on the scene. Here are three immune-boosting holiday foods to include on your menu all season long.

Why My Children and I Will Be Getting the Flu Vaccine This Year

Michelle Driedger | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Living
Michelle Driedger

I regularly get the flu shot and I vaccinate my children too. But every so often, I question these decisions, particularly when I come across words that are new to me, like "live attenuated vaccine" or a new vaccine delivery type, such as nasal mist instead of the usual needle. This happened to me this week while deciding whether to get the annual flu shot or not.

The Best Defence Against Colds and Flu Is More Sleep

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Studies to unveil the marvels of our daily hibernation -- and the deleterious effects of deprivation -- will continue and many more discoveries will be made. In the meantime, as the cold and flu season continues to spread in Canada, we should take heed from the research suggesting slumber is critical to health.

Top Tips For Seniors To Avoid Getting the Flu

Eva Zatrak | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Individuals who have a chronic illness or are above the age of 65, should understand the importance of avoiding the flu. When you take the proper precautionary measures, you can avoid further complications. Unfortunately, fatalities are not uncommon within this population during flu season.

Cover Your Freakin' Mouth: A Public Service Rant

Jason Najum | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

You hack open-mouthed into the public air. You snort and sneeze and sniffle and blow, without the slightest concern for your neighbour, your community, or society in general. I wonder where this dismissive, self-centeredness comes from.

Brace Yourselves, This Year's Flu Season Could Hit Early And Hard

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Summer is starting to seem like a distant memory. And the remains of your Thanksgiving turkey may not yet be boiling for soup stock.Still, p...

Why You Need To Get a Flu Shot ASAP

University of Toronto News | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Very soon, people of all ages across Canada will roll up their sleeves for their flu shots. The vaccine is already available in many doctors' offices...

What You Need to Know About Fighting the Flu

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

This high viral season reminds us that we should consider getting flu vaccines. Influenza has maintained a low profile so far this Fall, though no doubt it will rear it's head in the coming month or two, as it does each year. Have you forgotten H1N1 from last year?