Canada Vaccines

We Finally Know Why Some Canadians Still Refuse To Vaccinate

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Last week they published an examination of vaccine hesitancy in Canada. Based on their results, the reasons behind the concern over vaccine may be far more troublesome than anyone believed.

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.

5 Things That Happen When I Write About My Child With Autism

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

I'm not entirely sure why I write about my personal experiences parenting a child with autism for the mainstream media. Mostly I hope my own experiences may help someone else on their autism journey -- and they won't stumble through, as I have done in the early days. But what I'm never quite prepared for are the letters I get whenever I publish something about autism in the mainstream press. Here are a few responses that never fail to happen.

We've Invented The Vaccines, Now Let's Ensure They're Delivered

Maryam Rehman | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Maryam Rehman

The third Sustainable Development Goal is Good Health and Well-Being, the aim being to "ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages." It's not a matter of how many new diseases we've found cures for, it's a matter of how we've managed to distribute vaccines, and other services to some of the most inaccessible people in the world.

How One Canadian College Is Building Better Health In Tanzania

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Over the past 15 years, Tanzania has made a concerted effort to immunize its children -- and has achieved a remarkable vaccination rate of almost 90 per cent. That's not good enough for the government and health organizations, though. They want to get as close to 100 per cent as possible. But figuring out which children have been missed is a huge challenge in a country where many families still live nomadic lives in remote areas. Enter Seattle health organization PATH and Canada's own Mohawk College, in Hamilton, Ont. They're helping out, not with more vaccines or nurses, but a database.

Four Facts About Vaccines And Your Child

Dr. David Williams | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. David Williams

We live in a province with a publicly funded vaccination program, however, the threat posed by vaccine preventable diseases is still with us, as we have seen in recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and pertussis (whooping cough). That's why getting vaccinated is important.

What Are Nosodes, And Do They Do Anything For Your Health?

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living

Debunking myths about the "vaccine alternatives."

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

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.17.2015 | 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.

Losing My Daughter Made Me Fight For A Healthier World

Dr. Jane Philpott | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Jane Philpott

Emily was two and a half years old. She was a beautiful blonde toddler with a shy and quiet nature. For most of her life we lived in Niger. I always thought (and I still do) that it was a wonderful place for our children to grow up. I look back on the nine years we spent in Niger as among the happiest years of my life. I vividly remember the afternoon we spent relaxing at the pool of the old French club. Emily was full of life -- jumping and splashing in the pool with all the others. We went to church on the Sunday evening in a nearby village the night before she died.

Probiotics May Be The New Vaccines

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Probiotics offer a host of potential benefits ranging from better digestion to improved weight management and even better mental health. But until recently, no one has mentioned vaccines. Yet, a probiotic oral vaccine may one day be our route to protection against infection.

A Needle-Free Flu Vaccine?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The annual flu shot can be a dreaded battle for those with kids; tears and screaming as your little one is reminded of his/her last vaccine experience: a pointy needle and pain in the arm. But for those looking to escape the crying, screaming and the anxiety, there is another option.

Boost Your Immune System in Time for Flu Season

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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.

Only 30 Per Cent Of Albertans Got Their Flu Shot Last Season

CP | John Cotter | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Alberta

The Alberta Health Services report notes that 101 people died in the province last year of flu-related causes, including 86 in hospitals.

These Lessons Can Save a Child's Life

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Each time a child encounters one of a number of pathogens, such as the flu, bacterial foodborne illness, and some of the common cold viruses (but not rhinovirus), the immune system not only responds to fight, but also remembers the invader at the molecular level.

We Now Know the Reasons Behind "Fearbola"

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's been less than a year since the dreaded Ebola virus appeared on North American soil. In a matter of a few weeks, the virus went from being someone else's problem to a homeland threat. In the process, media headlines captured the attention of millions and struck fear into most of them. But Fearbola, as it was coined, was completely unnecessary. Last week, a report came out detailing exactly how the public responded to the Ebola crisis in the United States.

The Deadly Dangers Of Tetanus: This Six-Year-Old Is Fighting For His Life

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Today there is a six-year-old boy lying in a London, Ontario hospital fighting for his life. He is in critical condition with a vaccine-preventable illness, tetanus. Most North American's have never known a person who has suffered from this life-threatening disease, and it isn't on most people's radars. Rare, yes. But REAL.

Parents, Vaccinations Can Help Protect the Health of Your Family

Furakh Mir | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Furakh Mir

Children (and adults) in Ontario should receive a routine schedule of vaccines against a long list of diseases. If your children aren't up to date on those vaccinations, I urge you to make a doctor's appointment now. Vaccination is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your family.

Three Things You Might Not Know About HPV

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

While there is lots of information online, at school and at the doctor's office about HPV, there is still a lot of confusion about what it may mean for your loved ones. Dr. Nancy Durand, gynecologist at Sunnybrook, explains three little-known facts about HPV.

The MMR Vaccine Still Doesn't Cause Autism According To New Study

AFP/ Relax News | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Living

(Miami, United States-AFP) - Yet another scientific study has found no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), a...

Your Choice Not to Vaccinate Your Kid Puts My Son's Life in Jeopardy

Mallory Olsheski | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Mallory Olsheski

There are 136 cases of measles in Quebec. The disease is spreading fast considering that this outbreak was allegedly caused by a single returnee from a Disney vacation where the outbreak started. Like a run away freight train, measles will jump person to person and eventually make it here. Is my son who had a heart transplant and can't be vaccinated protected? I sure hope so. If you don't want to vaccinate, don't. But when measles is out there, an airborne illness that is so easily spread, please keep your child home. Don't make choices for my child too.

Dear Anti-Vaxxers: I Believe in Western Medicine Because it Saved My Life

Harriet Alida Lye | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living
Harriet Alida Lye

As someone who has had both leukemia and measles as an indirect result of chemotherapy, I'm a firm believer in Western medicine (though I do enjoy organic kale juice from time to time). Watching the vaccination furor from afar, I've been thinking about the connection between this debate and the two First Nations girls from Ontario who opted to have "natural" therapies to treat their Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia instead of proven chemotherapies.

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.

Delaying Childhood Vaccinations Can Be Just as Risky as Not Getting Them At All

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

In Canada, health care is a provincial responsibility. So, the provincial ministries of health draw up the vaccination schedules. You'll find slight variations in the different schedules. Some provinces may adopt new vaccines sooner than others. Or, a vaccine may target a different strain of a particular bug, reflecting what's circulating locally.

How I Talk to My Patients About Vaccination

Brian W. Rotenberg | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Brian W. Rotenberg

Every day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumor resection, I have a full discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of doing "something." Each time I go over the common minor risks of an intervention and the exceedingly rare, but potentially very serious risks that can occur. I also review with them the risks of doing "nothing" - of what may happen if they don't have surgery. Vaccination is no different.