We need to make it easier for parents to vaccinate their children

No child should die a preventable death. It's time Canada had a national vaccine framework

We need to make it easier for parents to vaccinate their childrenBy Sen. Raymonde Gagné and Sen. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia “As an infectious disease specialist, there is nothing sadder than standing at the bedside of a parent in an ICU with a child who’s got a vaccine preventable disease who is dying.” That’s what Dr. Noni MacDonald, professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie University, told us at a…

The case for HPV vaccinations for all Canadian children

The disparity in HPV cancer prevention and care is unacceptable. A huge gap in vaccinations exists in Canada's North

The case for HPV vaccinations for all Canadian childrenBy Gilla Shapiro, Juliet Guichon and Zeev Rosberger The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine should be available to all Canadian children. However, the children of the North still don’t have universal access to this life-saving vaccine. Now that Newfoundland and Labrador has announced funding for the HPV vaccine for boys, all children in Canada’s 10 provinces have access…

Why I continue to get the flu vaccine for myself and my children

The vaccine doesn’t fully protect from the flu – it's one of many strategies, like frequent hand washing, adequate rest and a balanced diet

Why I continue to get the flu vaccine for myself and my childrenIt’s time again for the familiar “Get the shot, not the flu” campaign. It comes every year around this time and we're frequently reminded that it isn’t too late to get the flu vaccine if you haven’t taken advantage of the free campaign. The flu vaccine is recommended by several Canadian public health agencies, such…

Getting a grip on the risks of vaccination

In the case of MMR vaccination, doing nothing is the more dangerous choice

Getting a grip on the risks of vaccinationDownload Getting a grip on the risks of vaccination LONDON, ON, Feb 27, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Every day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumour resection, I…

Anti HPV vaccine article troubling and disappointing

The risks associated with HPV infection much greater than the risks associated with vaccination

Anti HPV vaccine article troubling and disappointingBy Juliet Guichon University of Calgary and Dr. Rupert Kaul University of Toronto The HPV (Human papilloma virus) vaccine was created to prevent an infection that causes cancer. That is pretty exciting. Given the power of HPV vaccine to prevent disease and death, a recent article in the Toronto Star, which appears to suggest that…

When can doctors refuse to treat patients?

Should pediatricians have the right to refuse to treat children when parents reject vaccination?

When can doctors refuse to treat patients?Purchase When can doctors refuse to treat patients? EDMONTON, AB, Feb 5, 2015/ Troy Media/ - A number of paediatricians in California have begun to refuse to see children whose parents will not get them vaccinated. Amid the biggest outbreak of measles in the United States in 15 years, they say, they cannot risk the…