Vaccinations

Our Last "Shot" at Solving the Anti-Vaccine Dilemma

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

A few months ago I described three major epidemics around child health in Canada today, when there are in fact four. I failed to mention the equally important epidemic of misinformation, which has been described well here and while this is certainly applicable to the issue of vaccine hesitancy, it doesn't describe the entire picture.

Harper Urges Parents To Vaccinate At Event With Bill Gates

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper castigated Canadians who refuse to vaccinate their kids as he announced $22.5 million in additional funding for inoculation pr...

End Vaccine Exemptions Now (Even In Your Precious Alternative School)

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

I got a measles vaccine booster shot this week because I needed to be sure I couldn't bring harm to my community. And I mean that literally, as measles has now arrived in my Toronto neighbourhood. The proximity of measles also prompted me to start poking around the Toronto Star's interactive map of Immunization Exemptions in Toronto's Schools and what I found sadly didn't surprise me -- alternative schools host scary percentages of unvaccinated kids. Unfortunately, anyone in Ontario can get a vaccine exemption.

As Vaccine Prices Soar, Big Pharma Profits

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

Last week in Berlin more than 15 countries pledged over US$7.5 billion to buy vaccines for the children of the world's poorest countries for the next five years. While this is great news for the millions of children living in the 73 countries supported by Gavi, there were other big winners: the pharmaceutical companies that benefit from the soaring vaccine prices they charge for vaccines worldwide.

Measles: How Scared Do You Need To Be?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

It is easy to catch measles by inhaling the droplets or touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes after touching contaminated surfaces. So remember proper hand hygiene is critical to your protection of both measles but is also good practice to prevent common colds and other viruses.

Why Doctors Aren't Shocked That Mumps Have Hit the NHL

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lawrence Solomon

Past generations of professional hockey players were never at risk of mumps outbreaks. Today's players are, and tomorrow's will be, along with adults generally. These outbreaks -- which the media portray as coming out of the blue -- don't surprise anyone in medical circles who has been paying attention.

B.C. Parents Call For Mandatory School Vaccinations

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A group of Vancouver parents want vaccinations to be required for kids in British Columbia's public schools. The parents have started a change.org ...

Why Governments Want Health Care Workers To Stop Resisting Immunization

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

Public health authorities have good reason to want health care workers vaccinated -- when highly knowledgeable people in the health care field balk at getting vaccines, they belie the common claim that only the misguided or misinformed question mass inoculation programs.

Seven Ways to Survive Baby's First Christmas

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Like most holiday seasons, many families are planning on multi-generational get-togethers, particularly if there is a "baby's first Christmas" to celebrate. But having a new baby around at Christmas can be as stressful as it is wonderful. Try to keep things nice, and not naughty by following this tips...

The Unvaccination Movement: Should Your Child Join?

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

It used to be that modern medicine was a thing to be venerated, a doctor's words regarded like golden nectar of wisdom. Now, not so much. Once upon a time vaccinations were seen as miracles in a needle, warding off potentially life-threatening illnesses. In the States, the unvaccinating movement has turned epidemic, with as many as one in 10 parents refusing to vaccinate their children.