immunizations

Flu shots have arrived!

The wait is over. Flu shots arrived in our office just this week. The earlier you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected. The flu shot can be administered at the same time as other routine immunizations such as the shingles vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, tetanus vaccine and routine childhood immunizations. Find out more about scheduling your flu shot or attending one of our flu shot clinics here.

New Shingles Vaccine Available

As of January 2018, a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, is now available in Canada. It can be given to individuals over the age of 50 and is a 2 dose vaccine, given 2-6 months apart. Unfortunately it is not covered by OHIP but is covered by many private insurance plans and is available by prescription from your doctor. Based on studies, Shingrix is more effective at preventing shingles than Zostavax, which was previously the only shingles vaccine available. Zostavax continues to be covered by OHIP for individuals age 65-70. Speak to your doctor or our nurse Christy to find out more.

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Flu shots have arrived!

The wait is over. Flu shots arrived in our office just this week. The earlier you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected. The flu shot can be administered at the same time as other routine immunizations such as the shingles vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, tetanus vaccine and routine childhood immunizations. Find out more about scheduling your flu shot or attending one of our flu shot clinics here.

Mumps outbreak in Toronto

Toronto Public Health is currently investigating a mumps outbreak in the city. As of noon on March 9, 2017, there are 31 confirmed cases of mumps in Toronto. Most of the cases are among 18-35 year old individuals. Two doses of mumps vaccine (MMR, MMRV) are recommended for all individuals born in 1970 or later. Children receive one dose after their first birthday (MMR) and a second dose at 4 to 6 years of age as part of Ontario's Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule. 

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Individuals born between 1970 and 1992 may have received only one dose as a child. If an adult is unsure about their vaccinations or has only received one dose of mumps-containing vaccine, a booster dose is recommended. A booster can be scheduled with your family doctor or our nurse. Click here to find out more about mumps from Toronto Public Health.

Back to school

September is an exciting time for students going back to school. New teachers, new friends, new homework, and new germs. Please make sure your child's immunizations are up to date. Boosters are typically required after age 4, and again at age 14. These are done through our office.

Back to School

The school administers Hepatitis B, Meningitis, and HPV vaccines in grade 7. We strongly recommend your child get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Find out more about Ontario's immunization schedule here.