Canada is seeing an early rise in flu cases. Is a ‘tidal wave’ of infection coming?
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — Canada is on track to face its first full flu season in several years — one that’s starting earlier than usual, all while the country’s healthcare system is already grappling with respiratory infections like COVID-19 and RSV.

It’s hard to know how the months ahead will play  …

Shortage of family doctors pushing more patients to overburdened ERs
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(Julia Wong/ CBC News) — Michael Tryon is on the hunt for a family doctor.

The Edmonton man learned in June that his family doctor is retiring at the end of November, and Tryon has been searching for a new one for himself, his wife and his son ever since.

“We have been watching for signs on the street … that say ‘New  …

What you need to know about the bivalent booster shots
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(Annia Bessonov/ CBC News) — Appointments to get the new bivalent booster shots have opened up across provinces in Canada for all adults.

The vaccine was initially available for provinces’ more vulnerable populations at the beginning of September, but has since been made available to everyone over the age of 18.  …

Majority of Canadians have now caught COVID — what does that mean for the future?
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(Adam Miller/ CBC News) — The majority of Canadians have caught COVID-19 since Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants triggered enormous waves of infection this year — with new estimates suggesting almost two-thirds of the population have had it.

Researchers in British Columbia analyzed close to 14,000 blood  …

Worried about a shortage of children’s medications? What you need to know
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — Amid a nationwide shortage of children’s pain and fever medications, Health Canada was due to speak with manufacturers on Thursday to discuss ways to boost supply.

Parents across the country have noted empty shelves where they had hoped to find pediatric acetaminophen or ibuprofen  …

Polio largely vanished thanks to vaccines. So why is it now back in more countries?
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — Polio, a potentially disabling virus that’s long been forgotten in many parts of the world, is now circulating in parts of the U.S. and U.K., on the heels of an outbreak in Israel — prompting health officials to launch vaccination campaigns to ensure the public is protected.

Even in Canada,  …

Here’s who can get COVID-19 antiviral Paxlovid in Canada, and how
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(Megan DeLaire/ CTV News) -Pfizer’s antiviral medication Paxlovid is designed to reduce the risk of hospitalization in patients with COVID-19, and it’s approved for use across Canada.

Although it has the potential to take some pressure off hospitals during coronavirus surges, some doctors and pharmacists believe   …

Controlling monkeypox: The time for Canada to act is now
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(Kevin Woodward/ The Conversation) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It’s likely that until about two months ago, many Canadians had not even heard of this disease.

Since May, monkeypox has been in the news everywhere, including Canada,   …

Supply shortage for epidurals causing concern across Canada
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(Sean Leathong, Alexandra Mae Jones, CTV News) — Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences that human beings can go through, and more than half of these labours involve one specific intervention for pain: an injection called an epidural.

But according to Health Canada, epidural catheters are on their list of medical  …

How secure is abortion access in Canada?
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(Michelle Cyca/ Chatelaine) — On June 24,  the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling that affirmed pregnant people have a constitutionally protected right to access abortion without government interference. This decision will have disastrous effects for people who   …

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