Flu Vaccine

The Best Time Of Day To Get The Flu Shot

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living

Flu vaccinations are more effective when given in the morning, according to a new British study. The researchers found that patients' immune systems w...

This Is What Happens To Your Lungs When You Get The Flu

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Researchers have known the immune system plays a role in fighting the virus and other parts of the body do change. But a detailed account of what happens at the site of battle has been for the most part a mystery. Now an international team of researchers have given us a glimpse into the war happening inside.

Albertans Urged To Get Their Flu Shot As 'Influenza Outbreak' Begins

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Alberta

Four out of five people who died of the flu were not immunized.

A New Natural Barrier Against Influenza Virus

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The flu is coming back. Based on the information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the virus is slowly making its way across the country and establishing a hold on our collective lungs. Within a few weeks, the entire country will be awash in sniffles, coughs, and sick days.

Yes, You Need To Get Your Flu Shot, Alberta Doctors Say

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Alberta

Alberta doctors say too few people are rolling up their sleeves.

Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Now Available For Needle-Shy Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Parents

Getting the flu shot just got a whole lot less terrifying for Ontario kids!

Free Flu Shots Are Now Available In Ontario

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Living

Ontario, go get your flu shot!

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.

Roll Up Your Sleeve: Flu Shot Program Begins Tuesday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Alberta

This year's vaccine protects against multiple strains.

Get Your Flu Shot This Year, Even If Last Year's Didn't Work

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living

Doctors are touting the 2015 model.

Let's Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition: Talking About the Flu Shot

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Thanksgiving marks the arrival of another regular occurrence though most of us do not discuss at this time. It's the impending arrival of the flu. We all know the influenza virus is coming but at this time of joyous celebration, we tend to avoid this topic. The flu season doesn't usually start until November and usually doesn't make headlines until the Holiday Season.

There's A New Flu Shot And You Should Get It

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living

This year's vaccine covers four different strains.

11 Things You Should Know About Kids, The Flu And The Flu Shot

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

It's November, which means we're solidly into flu season. Many parents dread this time of year because of the regular -- and inconvenient -- stream of...

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.

The Flu Vaccine Was Basically Useless This Year

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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 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.

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...