Flu Vaccines 2019

Flu Vaccines 2019

Should my child get a Flu Shot?? The short answer is, YES, we do recommend the FLU shot. It is the best defence against the Influenza Virus, which tends to appear in the late fall and peak in frequency between December and February. Serious side effects are extremely rare the flu shot. Apart from the needle poke, discomfort is occasionally a sore arm.  You cannot get the Flu from a Flu Shot. Influenza is a highly contagious virus; people who develop influenza are typically quite sick with high fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and cough. They usually need several days...

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Doctors’ Notes: Don’t let fear of Lyme disease keep you inside

Doctors’ Notes: Don’t let fear of Lyme disease keep you inside

Article courtesy of The Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/07/17/doctors-notes-dont-let-fear-of-lyme-disease-keep-you-inside.html  This summer is shaping up to be a very big tick season because the weather has been cool and wet — ideal conditions for the black-legged tick that carries the bacteria causing Lyme disease. If this sounds worrisome, I’ve got good and bad news. First, a reality check. Estimates from early Lyme disease vaccine trials suggest that about 90 per cent of people infected with the bacteria don’t develop major symptoms of the disease such as arthritis. Many don’t know they’re infected. Ten per cent are diagnosed with Lyme disease and receive antibiotics, and...

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Measles in Ontario

Measles in Ontario

If your child has passed their 1st birthday and has not yet received the MMR vaccine, you may drop in and ask for the nurse Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm and have it administered. If your child is not yet 1 year old, they are not eligible to receive MMR under Toronto Public Health’s current immunization schedule. At present MMR vaccine is administered twice, to those age 12 – 15mths, and again at 4-6 years old. If anything changes with the Public Health Immunization Schedule, it will be posted here.

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Zika Virus

Zika Virus

WHAT? : Zikaviras is a mosquito borne virus. It can be directly transmitted by mosquitoes; infected people can transmit the disease via body fluids (including semen and possibly blood). WHERE? : There is currently an outbreak of Zikavirus in the Americas, Carribean and the Pacific. WHY IS IT A CONCERN? : the majority of people infected with Zikavirus will have no symptoms or complications. Some will experience fever, rashes, joint pains and red eyes.  A very small percentage of infected people can develop neurologic complications, including spinal cord and brain infections, severe weakness/paralysis (Guilain-Barr Syndrome). Infection during pregnancy can cause...

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