Sunday, November 1, 2009
H1N1 Flu Virus in Canada
How to protect yourself and others
Treatment and Prevention Measures
Schools, Daycares and Postsecondary Institutions
H1N1 Flu Virus Vaccine
Vaccine Recommendations for Use
General Vaccine Recommendations
Adjuvanted and Unadjuvanted Vaccine Recommendations
Vaccine Recommendations for Children
Adverse Events following Immunization
Monitoring Vaccine Safety
Regulation of H1N1 flu vaccine
Use of Tamiflu for children under the age of one
H1N1 in First Nation and Inuit Communities
H1N1 Aboriginal Populations
About H1N1 Flu Virus
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Posted By Sun Media
"Everything from side effects to social responsibility comes into play when deciding whether to get an H1N1 flu vaccine, but Manitoba's chief public health officer says the ultimate decision is up to every individual.
The Public Health Agency of Canada stated there are some side effects, usually mild, associated with the vaccine, including soreness in the arm where the vaccine was given, sore or red eyes, itchiness and mild fever.
However, PHAC also notes "about one out of every million people will have a severe reaction to a flu vaccine, including anaphylaxis or Guillain-Barré Syndrome," which is a serious autoimmune disorder. "
Joel Kettner, Manitoba's chief public health officer, said there is no danger in getting the vaccine if you've already had H1N1, but also little benefit.
Kettner also said the vaccine is not being used to stop the flu bug's spread, so there is no need to get the vaccine to reach any particular protection level among the larger population.
"We're using this vaccine mostly for the purposes of individual protection," he said.
He added that every time someone gets sick, they pose a risk to others.
But Kettner noted that he personally wouldn't consider anyone who doesn't get the shot socially irresponsible.
"It's just a matter a judgment," he said."
Did it cross anyones mind that this could become like the "I AM LEGION" Movie.
"TORONTO — The swine-flu death of an otherwise healthy hockey-playing teen came without warning and should serve as a lesson to parents to keep a close eye on their ill children, the boy's grief-stricken father said Tuesday. Read more on CP24
"Children wearing Halloween masks receive candies and sweets during the 'Trick or Treat' tradition at a subdivision in Manila's Makati city on Friday Oct. 31, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bullit Marquez)
CALGARY — There may be something more frightening than ghosts and goblins this Halloween -- but with a little extra care it shouldn't be too scary.
Doctors say parties or communal candy bowls could contribute to the spread of the H1N1 flu.
But they also say with a little common sense children and parents should be able to avoid the virus.
Doctor Anne Matlow, at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, says first and foremost -- kids who are not feeling well should stay home.
They should also avoid eating anything that is not wrapped.
Children should also be cautious about reaching into a bowl to pull out treats, because a virus on one child's hand could end up on the candy and picked up by another one.
But handwashing or using hand sanitizer can cut down the risk.
And after the night is done and the loot collected -- sort through the candies -- and wash your hands."