Canada Flu

We're A Step Closer To Calming Dangerous Flu-Related Inflammation

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The results of this study suggest FP7 indeed may be a good candidate for influenza treatment down the road. With further testing in animals and eventually clinical trials in humans, we may be able to help those most vulnerable to unnecessary and dangerous outbursts of inflammation.

Why Colds And The Flu Feel Worse At Night

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As cold and flu season continues to rage across the country, many Canadians are dealing with a rather frustrating conundrum. During the day, they seem to fare well with the infection but as soon as bedtime arrives, the situation worsens. The aches and pains return, the nasal passages fill up with mucus, and that infernal coughing comes back with a vengeance.

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.

The Flu May Be Trickier Than We Thought

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's the middle of flu season and as expected, the virus is making its way through Canada. Thousands of people are struggling with the coughs, fever, and fatigue and looking for ways to deal with the weeks of suffering. Recently, a group of American researchers have shown a new means by which flu can survive and spread.

We Are One Step Closer To A Vaccine Against A Dangerous Virus

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg This week, as expected, flu has taken over the headlines. All across Canada, hospitals are being overwhelmed by patients suffering from this well-known disease. Yet, among those looking for medical assistance, many will not have the influenza virus but another lesser known pathogen.

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.

How A Scarf (Or Necktube) Will Save You From Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg As the temperature continues to plunge this winter, many Canadians will turn to scarves -- and more recently necktubes -- to keep their necks and faces warm. These swatches of fabric ensure those areas left open by jackets and coats are kept safe from the prevailing winds and wayward flakes of snow. Yet, they may serve another purpose as protectors of our health.

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..

A Guide To Surviving The Holiday Flu

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

There are too many Christmases where the shine was dulled by illness. Several times, Christmas Day got completely postponed, and everyone stayed home to avoid more cross-contamination! So, what you do to get through the next few weeks if an unplanned bug shows up to mess up your plans?

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.

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.

Forget These Vaccination Myths And Go Get Your Flu Shot Now

Victor Wong | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
Victor Wong

You know the time of year. The leaves are falling and all of the sudden Halloween is around the corner. The change of season brings other things, too. For one, flu activity starts to increase over the fall before peaking in the winter months.

Should I Get The Flu Shot When I'm Pregnant?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's that time of the year again: flu season. One of the most common questions I get from my pregnant patients is "should I get the shot?" The answer is...

When Influenza Attacks, It Causes A Cellular Coup d'État

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Much like any viral infection, the invasion leads to a shutdown of normal processes as the virus uses up all the nutrients and resources to make more copies. Yet the mechanism of this takeover has been for the most part a mystery. That may change as a group of Israeli researchers have provided a glimpse at how influenza takes over the cell.

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.

Fight The March Blues With These 8 Cold And Flu Remedies

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

Exposure to bacteria and viruses along with mental and physical stressors can take a toll on our bodies, making us susceptible to illness. While we cannot always prevent the cold and flu, having a strong immune system is one of the best protections against these pathogens, and get us back to feeling ourselves quicker.

The Two-Metre Rule Can Help You Avoid The Flu At Work

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

There is some debate as to whether or not being sick at work does increase the chances for a small-scaled outbreak. After all, unless a person comes into contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person, the risk may seem remote at best. It's generally known as personal distancing of the two-metre rule.

Fight Cold And Flu The Natural Way With Elderberry

Carl Thompson | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Living
Carl Thompson

Flu season is likely to peak in February, as the temperature drops and the air becomes more cold and dry. How can we protect ourselves from this inevitable onslaught of flu and colds? One proven, natural way is with regular doses of elderberry, a fruit known for its health-giving and preventative powers since ancient times.

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.

6 Ways To Fend Off The Flu

Bryce Wylde | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Living
Bryce Wylde

Germs are everywhere and sometimes you can't avoid them, but you can avoid touching your face, eyes and nose. By avoiding these areas you reduce your chances of catching and spreading the germs.

12 Ways To Stay Healthy During Cold And Flu Season

Andrea Sarjeant | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Sarjeant

The food that we eat and our lifestyle habits can either boost or impair our immune system. Discover the key nutrients, foods and habits to adopt to help reduce the chance of catching something nasty, and to help speed recovery if you do.

As A Doctor, These 5 Flu Myths Make Me Shake My Head

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

To the healthy individual, the term "flu season" may sound abstract, perhaps irrelevant. But the flu, or influenza, kills about 3,500 Canadians every year and causes about 12,200 of us to be hospitalized due to the illness itself or related complications.

There May Be A Social Reason For The 'Man Cold'

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's about that time of year when those cold and flu viruses will be making yet another surge across the country. For most of us, this will be just another moment where we've caught a bug. But for some, particularly men, the experience may cause a unique consequence more commonly known as the "man cold."

Top 5 Cold And Flu Fighting Supplements

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 11.05.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Cold and flu season is upon us! The usual advice to fight off colds and the flu? Plenty of fluids and lots of rest to let your body fight off the virus. But productive people want to know: isn't there anything else I can do for some extra cold and flu-fighting power?

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.