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Let’s talk about effectiveness

There’s an elephant in the room. The media is reporting that this year’s flu shot is only 10% effective, and that isn’t the news that we want to hear. Higher effectiveness means better prevention, fewer hospitalizations, and more lives saved, and 10% isn’t ideal. BUT. While most reports are giving us this 10% figure and…

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One year ago today

One year ago today we asked you to join us in a conversation that we’d been quietly having in our own home, with doctors, with experts, since a phone call that knocked us off our feet only eight weeks earlier. For months people had been asking for more information, looking for details, trying to figure…

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Roald Dahl and his Olivia

We’ve all grown up on Roald Dahl’s beautiful stories of extraordinary children and the magical things that happen to them. What we might be less familiar with is the story of his own daughter, Olivia, who died from the measles in 1962, before there was a measles vaccine. She was seven years old and an…

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Happy New Year?

All photographs by the lovely Jessica Blaine Smith. These are our most prized possessions and I’m grateful beyond words that we had these done this year. ♥ *exhale* This year. This ridiculous year and all of the terrible things, starting with a gorilla and ending with – well, let’s not tempt fate by suggesting what…

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Trillium Health Partners – Flu Vaccination is the Best Protection Against Influenza

Last month I participated in a project with Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. Together with Trillium President and CEO Michelle DiEmanuele, Mississauga East-Cooksville MP Peter Fonseca, Mississauga East-Cooksville MPP Dipika Damerla, and Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans, we met to talk about our personal reasons for getting the flu shot, as well as important information you…

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The Globe and Mail on flu shot history and efficacy

‘Stated bluntly: No matter how good a vaccine is, it’s not worth much if people don’t actually get vaccinated.’ I’ve had a lot of conversations with people questioning the value of a vaccine that isn’t 100% effective. This article from the Globe and Mail yesterday is a quick read that explains a little about the…

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In the news – The Globe and Mail

Hi everyone! I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kelly Grant from The Globe and Mail to talk about Jude and the flu, and her article was published online on Saturday evening.. It will appear in the Health section of today’s paper (Monday, November 14th, 2016). I can’t thank Kelly enough for her kindness,…

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CTV report on annual vaccinations

Last weekend I received a number of messages asking if I’d seen a new report from CTV. I hadn’t – I’d been away for a much-needed break for a couple days – and I’m glad that it was brought to my attention. If there’s one thing I know about medical science, it’s that there’s always…

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