Flu Vaccine

It's Been a Rough Year for the Flu Vaccine

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.08.2015 | 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.

The Flu Vaccine Was Basically Useless This Year

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - This year's flu vaccine offers little or no protection in Canada against becoming sick enough to require medical care, a study published Thu...

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

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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.

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...

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.

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.

How To Tell If It's The Flu Or A Cold

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living

October hits, and all of a sudden, you have a sore throat that won't go away until May comes around next year. If you're worried about whether the ...

When Is The Best Time To Get A Flu Shot?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living

School's back in session, the leaves are starting to fall and that can only mean one thing: Flu season is about to wreak havoc on us all. Many of u...

B.C. Health Worker Refused Flu Shot AND Mask Fired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. health-care employee who refused to get a flu shot or wear a mask was fired for failing to follow a government policy.Interior Heal...

Next Year's Flu Shot Will Have The Same Strains As This Year's

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living

Next winter's flu vaccine should be a rare repeat of this year's formula, influenza experts advising the World Health Organization have determined.Flu...

Don't Believe Everything You Read About Flu Deaths

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

The CDC's decision to play up flu deaths dates back a decade, when it realized the public wasn't following its advice on the flu vaccine. During the 2003 flu season "the manufacturers were telling us that they weren't receiving a lot of orders for vaccine,"Dr. Glen Nowak, associate director for communications at CDC's National Immunization Program, told National Public Radio.


CBC | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Medical clinics and pharmacies in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island are running out of influenza vaccines, while others are struggling to k...

The Flu Vaccine: Separating Fact and Fiction

BabyPost | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Living

Many parents waver on getting the flu shot for their children. They fear their children's bodies are already overloaded with vaccines and they don't want to add more if they don't have to. They also say, as with the chicken pox vaccine that was optional in Ontario until just recently, 'it's just the flu.' They are wrong.

Is the Swine Flu Back and Wreaking Havoc?

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Over the last few weeks, as expected, there has been a transition in the media headlines from the antics of Ford to the augury of flu. There was more than enough reason to believe that the virus that caused the pandemic from 2009-2010, better known as H1N1pdm or "swine flu" was back.

10 Things About The Flu Vaccine You Were To Embarrassed To Ask

CBC | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Alberta

Here’s a list of questions you may have about the flu shot and this year's flu season, but were too embarrassed to ask. 1) Does the flu shot ...

When Health Canada Ignores Reality, People Get Very Sick

Michael Kruse | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Michael Kruse

The debate over the licensing of dubious products by Health Canada heated up over the weekend this week with an article suggesting that Health Canada's continued approval of bogus homeopathic "nosodes" may be adding to the increased incidence of measles in Canada. The details behind these claims are not only true, but way more shocking than we could have expected.

Study Raises Red Flag On Flu Vaccine

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study sounds a cautionary note for work that is being done to try to develop vaccines to protect against all subtypes of influenza.The...

The Flu Shot Didn't Really Work On..

CBC | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The Fraser Health Authority is working to improve the flu shot’s effectiveness for seniors with a targeted vaccine program. According to...

How The Flu Shot Changes With Age

CBC | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Living

Our immune systems respond differently to flu vaccines as we age, a small U.S. study suggests. The body's antibodies are often compared t...

Does The Flu Vaccine Actually Work?

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Canadians who got a flu shot this year may have cut in half their risk of getting sick enough from flu to require medical care, new data sug...

Where Can I Get A Free Flu Shot?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Living

Doctors are urging people get the flu shot as cases of the winter illness spike across Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The...

Flu Shot Requirement Suspended In B.C.

CP | Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government has temporarily backed away from a controversial plan to force thousands of provincial health workers to get a flu sho...

5 Things You Need To Know About The Flu Shot

CBC | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Living

As flu vaccination campaigns get underway this flu season, provincial and territorial health ministers are promoting flu shots. "By getti...

Are Flu Vaccines Effective?

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada Living

Flu vaccine is not as effective as public health messaging traditionally has claimed, says a new report that suggests overselling of flu shots is gett...

A Vaccine To End All Flu Shots?

CBC | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Living

Researchers in Canada and the U.S. are testing a vaccine that could protect people from influenza for their entire lives, eliminating the need for ann...