Canada Influenza

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...

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.

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.

Microbial Superglue May Lead To Faster, Safer Vaccines

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

There may be a new way to develop these vaccines safely. Last week, an international team of researchers unveiled new means to make vaccine candidates from proteins. Instead of trying to modify or clone the proteins, these researchers have come up with an entirely new concept: they use bacterial superglue.

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.

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

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.15.2016 | 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.

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.

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.

The First Thing You Should Do When You Get a Cold

Dr. B.J. Hardick | Posted 10.01.2016 | 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.

From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Ladies, you have a lot to offer any industry. You are intelligent, nurturing, and have so many great qualities that are the corner stones of success. So hold your head high, know your worth, learn from each other and show 'em what you're made 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.

What You Need To Know About Avian Influenza H7N9

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Last week, Canadian public health officials announced the arrival of yet another potentially deadly virus on our soil. This time, the culprit was a form of influenza -- avian influenza to be exact -- known as H7N9. This marked the second time in a year a deadly influenza virus had traveled from the Far East to Canada.

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.

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.

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?

What You Need To Know About the Fast-Spreading Respiratory Virus EVD68

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Whatever the reasons for this epidemic, there are a few signs of hope. Like the common cold and flu, infection is entirely preventable by washing the hands with soap and water as well as regularly disinfecting surfaces. Should an infection occur, there is still only a small chance it could get worse;

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...

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.

Don't Believe These 'Tips' For Avoiding the Flu

Michael Kruse | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

Finally we have Wylde's first suggestion, the one that made me believe it is just sitting in his kitchen making this up out of thin air. There is absolutely no evidence adding petroleum jelly to the inside of your nose will increase your infection barrier and prevent infection. Your nose is much larger than just the nostril you can stick the swab into, so there will be plenty of area left to harbour virus.


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...

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.