Canada Influenza

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

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.28.2014 | 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.

SHORTAGE

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.

What Travellers Need To Know About The Deadly H5N1 Flu

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Travel

An Alberta resident is dead after contracting the H5N1 bird flu during a trip to China according to Health Canada. The flu victim was travelling w...

First Case of Deadly H5N1 Flu Found In Canada

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

Health officials announced today that the first North American case of H5N1 flu has been found in Canada. Authorities said at a press conference th...

The Flu Vaccine: Separating Fact and Fiction

BabyPost | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Living
BabyPost

Many parents waver on getting the flu shot for their children. They fear their children's bodies are already overloaded with vaccines and they don't want to add more if they don't have to. They also say, as with the chicken pox vaccine that was optional in Ontario until just recently, 'it's just the flu.' They are wrong.

There's a Killer Flu Out There, and We're Not Prepared

Michael Ledeen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Ledeen

Influenza can be a weapon of mass destruction. The latest candidate worth worrying about is H7N9. It jumped from birds to humans earlier this year. Of the 137 people known to have been infected, 45 died. There's no evidence that H7N9 spreads among humans. On the other hand, it wouldn't surprise any of the experts if H7N9 learns how to jump from person to person and mutates into a fast-moving mass murderer.

How Pneumonia Happens: A Strange Case of Friend to Foe

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Anyone who has suffered from pneumonia -- or witnessed a loved one battle with the illness -- knows how scary the episode can be. The lungs fill with fluid, breathing becomes difficult and at times impossible, requiring hospitalization, and without proper treatment, the consequences can be dire. Like many illnesses, this too can be traced back to a germ.

Meet the New Strain of Flu: H7N9

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgMuch like any new offering from Stephen King, which requires time to determine its place in his legacy, the new H7N9 flu requires more than just a few weeks to determine its place in the historical records of infectious disease.

How The Flu Shot Changes With Age

CBC | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Living

Our immune systems respond differently to flu vaccines as we age, a small U.S. study suggests. The body's antibodies are often compared t...

Why This Flu Season Shouldn't Shock You

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe 2012-2013 influenza virus season has shocked North America with its early start and high numbers of both cases as well as deaths. Yet the surge of concern and panic is somewhat unwarranted, especially considering the world knew almost eight months ago that this was coming.

Flu Hits Toronto Hard

CBC | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Living

Health authorities in Toronto say they've seen more than 1,000 cases of influenza so far this season — more than triple the number they usually see....

Feds Release Flu Rescue

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The federal government is drawing on the national stockpile of the flu drug Tamiflu to relieve a shortage in the country.The move comes as m...

Possible Flu Outbreak At Victoria Hospital

CBC | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Health officials are trying to cope with what they believe is an outbreak of Influenza A at a small hospital near Victoria. The director o...

B.C. Flu Season Hits With A Vengeance

CBC | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbians are coming down with influenza earlier than in previous flu seasons, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. ...

A Vaccine To End All Flu Shots?

CBC | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Living

Researchers in Canada and the U.S. are testing a vaccine that could protect people from influenza for their entire lives, eliminating the need for ann...

The Case Of The Missing Flu

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - It's a bit confounding, even for influenza.This year's Northern Hemisphere flu season has been markedly mild in many places — Canada, the ...

Under The Weather? The Flu Is On The Way

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Were you out of commission for most of the holidays? Laid low by some alien that invaded your throat and-or chest and-or sinuses and wouldn'...

The Threat of Mass Naivete

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Among the many global trends are the two Big Nasty Elephants of modernity -- terrorism and pandemic spread. These two challenges to mankind share a common set of unassailable facts: they will both kill on a wide scale; and, for reasons I do not understand, the public is naïve as to the inevitability of such events.