Vax Facts

Spring 2020, Vol 12 N°2

We all want the best for our families, so naturally, reports of occasional outbreaks of measles, meningitis, whooping cough and other preventable diseases in Canada raise concern and some questions. Why the increase in several preventable illnesses that we thought were behind us?...

Herd Immunity: Be Part of the Solution

Winter 2020, Vol 12 N°1

Getting vaccinated protects you and those you care about.

Older and wiser! That old aphorism is repeated throughout our adult lives for good reason. Experience really is the best teacher, and sharing those experiences with younger generations can help lead by example. Staying up to date with your vaccinations is a great way to model healthy behaviour...

Are Your Vaccinations Up to Date?

Fall 2019, Vol 11 N°4

Staying up to date and protected against contagious diseases is important for the whole family. A recent survey suggests that the vast majority of Canadian adults respect the need to have their children vaccinated on time and according to schedule. (See following page for the Québec Immunization Program schedules.)...

Meningitis — Get the Facts!

Summer 2019, Vol 11 N°3

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord.1...

Vaccination for Women – Providing Protection as you Move Through Life

Spring 2019, Vol 11 N°2

For the young at heart
Life is full of surprises – When it comes to your love life, awareness and immunizations can help ensure that they’re all positive...

Shingles - What you Should Know

Winter 2019, Vol 11 N°1

What is shingles?
Shingles is a serious disease that commonly appears as a painful, blistering rash, usually affecting part of one side of the body.1 Shingles can last several weeks.1 Shingles pain varies between individuals – it may cause mild discomfort or be severe enough to interfere with normal day-to-day activities.2...

Have you Heard About Flu Drift?

Fall 2018, Vol 10 N°4

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A and influenza B viruses. Every year, several strains of seasonal flu circulate, causing hospitalizations in an estimated 12,000 Canadians, and 3,500 deaths...

Québec: Vaccination Access Challenges – and Solutions

Summer 2018, Vol 10 N°3

Quebecers looking to have a vaccination may have noticed that the process of getting immunized is a little more involved than it used to be. Many may be surprised to discover that their family physician no longer provides this service, and are unsure of their options...

HPV: What's the Big Deal?

Spring 2018, Vol 10 N°2

There are more than 100 types of HPV, or human papillomavirus. Three in four women and men will have an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime, often without knowing it. In many cases, the body can clear itself of HPV within a few years of infection. Unfortunately, when one or more of the high-risk types of the virus persist, they can cause cell changes that can develop into cancer many years later...

Shingles: More Than Just a Rash to Avoid

Winter 2018

If you are a senior, odds are you have heard of shingles. Perhaps a friend or family member has suffered this painful, blistering rash – about 50 per cent of those affected are over age 60. Luckily, we have a vaccine to help us avoid developing shingles...

At Home or Away, Keep Your Family Healthy

Fall 2017

In autumn, Canadians begin to spend more time indoors and this is when illnesses like influenza and pneumonia are most common and also easily spread, especially to people who have not been vaccinated...

Reduce Your Risks for Zika and Tetanus

Summer 2017

Outdoor activity can carry some tiny but potentially severe health risks, including tetanus bacteria and Zika-bearing mosquitos. So whether you are gardening at home this summer or vacationing in warmer climes, enjoy time outdoors knowing you have done all you can to keep yourself and your family safe....

Protect youth through prevention

Spring 2017

A proactive, preventive approach during adolescence can keep teens healthy. Several vaccines are important for today’s youth – this issue will focus on prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningitis infections...

Senior years: a golden opportunity to immunize

Winter 2017

Winter crowds leave Canadians more likely to have direct or indirect exposure to infected respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes, and contact with contaminated surfaces. Two illnesses spread in this way are the flu and invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), caused by infection with the streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, which most commonly develops as pneumonia...

Flu-Pneumococcal Vaccines

Fall 2016

The sneezy season is right around the corner – it begins in November and runs through into March. Is your family ready? More time indoors means increased exposure to the germs that cause influenza, and pneumonia, a common and potentially serious complication of the flu.1...

Consider vaccination against HPV

Summer 2016

Québec Health recommends that girls and young women have the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to protect themselves against cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is most effective when it is given early in life, before any sexual activity1...

Rabies – Awareness is your family’s best protection

Spring 2016

It’s natural – kids just seem to be drawn to animals. When rabies is involved, that can be a fatal attraction. An increase in racoon rabies around Hamilton, Ontario, late last fall prompted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to step up local efforts to immunize wild animals against this infectious virus, which affects the central nervous system1...


Travel Safely: Get Immunized

Winter 2016

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, the last thing you want to worry about is staying healthy. Knowing you and your family have the right vaccinations can help. Vaccination needs will be determined by: destination, what activities you have planned, your age, health status, and your immunization history1...


Flu Shots & Your Family

Fall 2015

Influenza is a common and easily spread virus – with fall here and winter approaching, now is the time to take action to protect your family from an illness that for some can have serious complications...


HPV: Answers to your 4 W’s

Fall 2015

It’s not every day that we get an opportunity to prevent cancer simply by getting vaccinated. Various strains of the sexually transmitted infection, human papilloma virus (HPV), are responsible for most cancers of the cervix, as well as cancers of the head and neck, and anal cancer. HPV infection is also the cause of 90 percent of cases of genital...


Q & A: Vaccines for Mothers to be

Summer 2015

“If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you will want to do everything possible to keep you and your baby healthy. Some diseases can be especially harmful...”


Healthy Today Because of Yesterday

Spring 2015

Vaccines and immunizations are clear success stories. Yet, because vaccines are so successful at preventing disease, the public often takes them for granted.


Vaccines – Not Just Kids’ Stuff

Winter 2015

Have you had your seasonal and annual immunization shots this year? As we age, our vulnerability to infectious illnesses like the flu increases.


Have a healthy back-to-school season

Fall 2014

With school season and winter holiday gatherings right around the corner, take measures to keep your family protected against contagious illnesses.


Immunize for Healthy Travel

Summer 2014

Summer is vacation travel time for some Canadians; for others, it may offer the opportunity to plan ahead for the next overseas holiday.



Share the Love, Share the Health

Spring 2014

Spring. ’Tis the season of love and of new arrivals. Love is meant to be shared and so is protection against preventable disease. The more of us that are vaccinated against common, easily transmitted illnesses, the healthier we will be as a population, whether that immunity is shared via the family, classroom or community as a whole.



Safe and Happy Trails

Winter 2014

Travelling to an exotic location this winter? Part of your preparations should include a visit to your physician or local vaccinating clinic. Plan to look into your immunization status and travel health needs at least six weeks prior to your planned departure.



Survive Flu Season, Even in a Crowd

Fall 2013

Autumn can bring a surge of infectious illnesses, especially when people gather in enclosed spaces like school, the mall and public transit. Every autumn, we begin to fear the flu. This contagious respiratory infection is caused by the influenza virus, which evolves and may bring new strains into circulation.




For Moms, It’s All About Family

Summer 2013

When it comes to family health care, it’s generally the woman of the house who tends to take charge. From babies to young adults to grandparents, to even the family pets, it is often Mom who makes the appointment when it’s time for a check-up with the doctor or a preventive vaccination. Getting the youngest and most vulnerable members of the family off to a healthy start is a top priority for many mothers.


Love in the Time of STIs

Spring 2013

Spring is in the air and it’s a perfect time to think about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how you can protect yourself. STIs may be caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites that are passed from person to person, primarily through a variety of sexual activities.(1)

Protecting Loved Ones Against Meningitis

Winter 2013

Meningitis is marked by inflammation of the meninges (the lining around the spinal cord and brain) due to an infection that can be caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi. (1a) Bacterial meningitis is the most serious type, particularly for infants and young children. It can be fatal or cause permanent brain damage. Septicemia, a dangerous infection of the blood, also can occur with severe bacterial infections. (2a)The good news is that immunization can protect against many of the bacteria that cause bacterial meningitis. (2b)

Preparing For School

Fall 2012

Autumn marks the beginning of another school year and the start of a new flu season—two good reasons to think about immunization. Cooler weather means more time spent indoors, and a greater likelihood of being exposed to microorganisms that cause preventable infectious diseases. The best way to avoid these potentially serious illnesses is to make sure your whole family’s immunizations are up to date.

Demystifying HPV vaccination

Summer 2012

Why get immunized against human papilloma virus (HPV)? Because HPV is relatively common, typically causes no symptoms, and is responsible for almost 3 in 4 cases of cancer of the cervix.

Pre-teens – Prepare for adolescence and beyond

Spring 2012

It can be a jungle out there for teenagers, or at least it may seem that way to parents as they witness their kids hurtling through childhood. Knowing that your child is immunized against human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in Canada, leaves one less worry for you as s/he approaches the teen years.

Protecting your family’s health

Winter 2012

You put a lot of energy into caring for the people you love – staying healthy is something you can do for yourself and your family. Most parents make sure their growing children receive all the shots they need, but may not consider it as important for themselves. Immunity is a family affair. Be proactive and make sure you are fully vaccinated against common preventable diseases. Vaccinations you may have received during childhood don’t protect you forever – booster shots are often needed to help maintain immunity.

Building Immunity is a Group Effort!

Fall 2011

The bacteria and viruses responsible for vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t vanished just because the illnesses they can cause have become less common. Building immunity is a group effort! When vaccine coverage declines, diseases that vaccines help to prevent can come back. Make sure your family is protected with up-to-date immunizations.1)

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