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The great outdoors: Safety first against its foes

Ahh, the great outdoors! What better way to soak up the sun, get some physical activity in, and breathe the fresh air? While the benefits far outweigh the risks, there are some preventative measures you can rely on to stay safe before even stepping outside.


Tetanus is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to people through contaminated soil when it encounters open cuts.1 Those who aren’t immunized against it could experience severe symptoms for....  Read more

New vaccine to protect against RSV approved for use during pregnancy - Mothers passing on the gift of immune protection

In Canada, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection rates increase from November through March. So far, we have seen the usual seasonal rise in RSV infections.1 These rates are of special concern in recent years, since RSV-related illness in addition to high rates of flu and COVID-19 infections may increase demand on hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers.

Now we have brand-new protection against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – an old and highly contagious respiratory virus best known for affecting very young children. Early in January, Health Canada approved Abrysvo for prevention of lower respiratory tract illness caused by RSV in infants from...  Read more

Preparing for a vacation? Get your travel vaccines before you go

With winter’s seemingly endless days of darkness and sub-zero temperatures, we’re all tempted to click that “BOOK NOW!” button for a getaway to anywhere but here. Before flocking towards sunnier shores, though, are you sure your travel vaccines are up to date? If the answer is no, consider adding immunizations to the top of your to-do list: outbreaks at home are often tied to people who have been exposed to illnesses overseas.

Adequate immunization prior to travelling abroad means you don’t have to worry about coming home with more than you bargained for. Take the necessary precautions while you’re away with these common travel vaccines...  Read more

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Pregnancy and COVID-19 — Understanding the Vaccine’s Impact
April 2022

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.

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Past Vaccines411® Articles

Shingles: It’s Not Just a Rash
September 2021

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.

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Preventing Influenza in the Time of COVID-19
September 2021

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.

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