Canada Flu

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

Michelle Driedger | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 10.31.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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?

Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the case of measles, the introduction and widespread use of the vaccine should have allowed us to put our fears away and look forward to a measles-free world. But now that future is at risk. The reasons are varied and will be explored over the coming years but in the meantime, the best way to be prepared is to be informed.

Maintain Your Body - You Can't Just Replace the Engine

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

I have run out of gas in my life. If I didn't know the gas gauge was on E, and had you said a block before I ran out of gas I'd be dead at the side of the road, I'd never believe it. Our bodies are just like that. We ignore the problems, or don't feel them starting. One day we are golden then next we call an ambulance.

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...

You May Be Better Off Without a Flu Shot

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Lawrence Solomon

Flu shots have raised similar alarms in young children. In the 2011 flu season, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed 42 cases of seizures, 36 of them involving infants and 10 of them deemed "serious," after vaccination with Fluzone, a vaccine made by Sanofi-Pasteur.

Did you Get a Flu Shot this Year?

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Thanks to ingenuity, the vaccinations of the future will be more efficient, safer and much more accessible to those who need them most.

Bird Flu May Have Come to Canada But it's No Reason to Panic

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Yesterday's announcement that the H5N1 avian flu had led to a death in Canada has taken public health officials -- and the general public -- by surprise. But while the revelation may signal the manifestation of many a fictionalized account of pandemics, the reality is that this is by no means a reason for panic.

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.

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Germ-Giving

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bad gift-giving, whether material or microbial, should never happen. While there may never be a means to prevent waking up to a disappointing present under the tree, you can minimize the possibility of sharing infection. Hopefully, with these five steps, you can set aside the worry and focus on the spirit of the holiday season.

Ugh, It's STILL Flu Season? 10 Ways To Not Get Sick

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Flu and cold season is still among us and if you've been lucky enough not to catch any viruses, there a few extra things you can do to further protect...

How You Are Contributing To Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA new study out this week suggests that a third environment could become the next hotbed for antibiotic resistance. This one, however, may take the world by shock and signal that the end for antibiotics is indeed nigh. That resistance contributing environment is you, the human; specifically, your gut.

21 Things You Need To Know About The Flu

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living

The cold and flu season is bearing down quickly, and that means the annual flu shot is now available across Canada. So why is it that less than a thi...

Beat Colds and Flus...Naturally!

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

The leaves are turning beautiful colours, there is a fresh bite to the air, and it's that time of year again -- cold and flu season! Below are my top five Cold and Flu busters for you, your family, and friends (who are not perfect 365 days a year...).

VIDEO: Top 5 Flu Fighting Remedies

Meghan Telpner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

You'd think by now we would be aware enough about "cold and flu season" to start acting well in advance to stay on our game -- our health game, that is. Whether you get the vaccine or not is your choice, but real prevention will always be your best defence. Today on Meghan TV, our functional medicine specialist Josh Gitalis shares his top five Flu Fighting Remedies.

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.

When's The Best Time To Do An Airport Flu Screening?

CBC | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Travel

Screening people leaving a country where there's a serious flu outbreak makes more sense then checking air travellers as they arrive at their destinat...

This Man Is Running The Toronto Marathon With No Legs

Alana Hurov | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Alana Hurov

Imagine going to bed with flu-like symptoms and waking up three weeks later with no legs and only one arm. Bryan Cuerrier doesn't have to imagine. He lived it. He was diagnosed with Flesh Eating Disease. But his love and passion for life hasn't changed. To mark the third anniversary of the incident, he and his incredibly devoted wife have signed up for the Toronto Marathon on May 5.

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...

Quick Study: What To Eat To Protect Yourself From Getting Sick

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Living

Think just because it's stopped getting dark at 4:30 that flu season is over? We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but despite a slowdown in reporte...