Flu cases in Ontario have been slashed by 61 per cent since the introduction of the free influenza vaccine, yet a new study offers some insight on why some have been slow to accept the science behind the shot.
Controversial 'vaccinate or mask' policies that force nurses to get a flu shot or wear a surgical face mask for the entire flu season are based on flimsy science that lacks credibility, according to new analysis.
Although doctors maintain that flu shots are life-savers that everyone should receive, some researchers are uncovering hints that 'serial vaccination' -- that is, consistently receiving annual flu shots -- may in fact limit one's ability to fight the virus in the future.
An Ontario mother has launched a social media campaign to encourage others to get the flu shot after her two-year-old son died from the virus in May. Jill Promoli said her son was vaccinated in December, but he became ill after his sibling caught the flu at school.
A study has found that people who live in provinces that allow pharmacists to give flu shots are more likely to get vaccinated against the seasonal bug than those living in jurisdictions without such a policy.
The nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine failed to protect kids again last year, the latest in a string of failures that has prompted an expert panel to recommend that doctors stop giving it to patients.
A 'perfect storm' of conditions during the 2014-15 flu season may have contributed to the lowest effectiveness of the annual influenza vaccine that Canadian researchers have observed in more than a decade of monitoring.