The lessons and safety protocols of COVID-19 will serve Canadians well as we face a new viral threat – monkeypox. This rare disease is best known for the painful sores and blisters it can cause. The good news is that the infection is short-lived; most people recover on their own about 2 to 4 weeks after the symptoms develop.1
Monkeypox was identified in the late 1950’s in Africa, where it is endemic (i.e. occurs regularly). Recent years have seen small monkeypox outbreaks in the US and UK. The current international outbreak of a new form of the disease (B1) reached southern Europe... Read more
Pregnancy and COVID-19 — Understanding the Vaccine’s Impact
Looking forward to starting a family or having another child? The COVID-19 pandemic adds some concerns around getting pregnant and keeping mom and baby safe. Some prospective parents may worry that vaccination to help protect against COVID-19 will affect their fertility or the course of a pregnancy.
If you’re 50 years of age or more, odds are that you’ve heard of shingles or know someone who has experienced this notoriously painful condition. About 90 percent of people over 50 are at risk due to having chickenpox as children. Shingles, known medically as herpes zoster, occurs when the varicella zoster virus that causes childhood chickenpox is reactivated.
Preventing Influenza in the Time of COVID-19
After a fairly mild flu season last year, rates of influenza are predicted to increase significantly this year since fewer people will have been exposed to it and developed natural immunity. That makes getting your flu vaccination especially important this year, to protect older adults who are more susceptible to both the flu and COVID-19.