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Toronto Public Health has recently updated and revised the parent resource Breastfeeding Your Baby to reflect the changes in the Breastfeeding Protocols for Health Care Providers (2013). The Breastfeeding Your Baby booklet is intended for use by health care providers to educate and support breastfeeding families of healthy term infants.
The Nicotine Dependence Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has launched a new smoking cessation treatment research study for residents of Ontario. This study will provide 12 weeks of medication at no cost to help participants quit smoking. For more information, including enrollment details.
Multi-component meningococcal serogroup B (4CMenB) vaccine may be considered on an individual basis, for persons two months of age or older. The vaccine will protect against invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis. Refer to NACI statement for more information.
The new issue of Communiqué, Toronto Public Health's newsletter for physicians, has important information on alcohol use and pregnancy, changes to Ontario's reportable disease list, new immunizations requirement and new free online prenatal program.
Special Insert (PDF): Communicable Disease Report List
Effective July 1st, 2014 the vaccines required for school attendance have been updated to align with Ontario's current publicly-funded immunization schedule.
Additional information including a fact sheet and Q & A for health care providers is available on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Website.
Clinicians should be reminded that although the risk is extremely low, viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) should be considered in the differential diagnosis of febrile persons who have returned from endemic regions or specific local areas of a country where VHF cases have recently occurred (e.g. West African countries including Guinea and Liberia). Additional information on clinical features and diagnostic testing for VHF are included in the Update for Clinicians, from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
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