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How can I take action?

On Tuesday I sat down and shared Jude with you. Some of you have been with me longer and already knew a lot of what I had to say, and some of you were hearing our story for the first time. (Facebook, Twitter, blog) Thank you, all of you who took the time to read…

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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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What’s in my flu shot, and why?

One of the things I’m asked about most frequently is the ingredients in the flu shot. Even though the flu shot is the most rigorously and frequently tested vaccine, even people who otherwise fully vaccinate sometimes question what goes into it. I get it. There’s a lot of rhetoric floating around and it’s easy to…

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Do I have the flu?

A few weeks ago we talked a little about getting sick after having the flu shot. With norovirus circulating in a big way right now I’ve seen an influx of questions across social media from people who got the flu shot this season and are now dealing with bad gastro symptoms. I’m sorry you’re so…

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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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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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