Canada Flu

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?

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.