Flu Vaccine

The Reason Everybody You Know Is Catching The Flu This Year

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We are seeing a lot more activity this year compared to last year's flu season, which was relatively mild. It's important to understand that the flu strain circulating each year can change every flu season.

Here's The Reason You Should Get Your Flu Shot

John Muscedere | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living
John Muscedere

Seniors are the most significantly affected. In Canada, seniors represent 15 per cent of our population, yet account for up to 40 per cent of all influenza infections, the majority of all hospitalizations and deaths from influenza. Why? Because seniors are more likely to be frail and have chronic medical conditions that put them at high risk for influenza and its complications.

Why I Continue To Get The Flu Vaccine For Myself And My Children

Michelle Driedger | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Driedger

I know the flu vaccine doesn't fully protect me or my family from getting the flu. It is just one of the many strategies that I use during flu season to keep us healthy like frequent hand washing, adequate rest and a balanced diet. Vaccination decisions are a touchy subject for many people, so here's a snapshot of recent research..

Seniors Need To Take Special Care During Flu Season

Dr. David Williams | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. David Williams

It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because our immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.

Flu Shot Myths People Still Believe

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Living

Truth: The flu shot doesn't cause the flu.

Launch Your Best Defence This Cold And Flu Season

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The flu is an acute respiratory infection that brings along a fever, cough, chills, aches and pains, and can lead to serious complications like pneumonia. For the elderly, pregnant women, chronically ill or young children, influenza can be deadly. It kills around 3,500 people per year in Canada.

Here's Why People Avoid The Flu Vaccine

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The rate of vaccine acquisition has remained relatively stable over the years suggesting the majority of Canadians are not raising their sleeves. While there is little doubt the vaccine is an excellent means to prevent infection, this message appears to be diluted by a number of other factors. For those responsible for ensuring the safety of Canadians the low turnout requires a more in-depth analysis to find a solution.

How Effective Is The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to keep you and your family healthy during flu season. This can be done in one of two ways: by getting the flu shot, or by getting the nasal spray flu vaccine. However, deciding which method to use has recently become more confusing. After it was announced that the nasal spray would not be used in the U.S. this year, many have wondered whether the nasal spray flu vaccine is still effective.

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 04.26.2017 | 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 01.04.2017 | 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 10.19.2016 | 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 10.11.2016 | Canada Living

Doctors are touting the 2015 model.

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

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.11.2016 | 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...