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ExpandNEW: Shingles Vaccine Now Publicly Funded for Older Persons

Persons 65 to 70 years of age are now eligible to receive publicly funded herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine from their health care providers. Persons born in 1945 (i.e., those who have turned or will be turning 71 years of age in 2016) can receive publicly funded shingles vaccine through a one-time catch-up program until December 31, 2016.

 

Health professionals in Toronto can order can now order the vaccine from Ontario Government Pharmacy.

 

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ExpandUPDATE: Availability of Bicillin L-A For Treatment of Syphilis

The national shortage of Bicillin L-A used for the treatment of syphilis announced in late April has now ended.
 
Health care providers managing patients with syphilis no longer need to follow the Interim Guidance on the Management of Syphilis Cases in Ontario During Bicillin Production Delay.  Please see the Public Health Agency of Canada's Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections Chapter on syphilis or Toronto Public Health's STI Treatment Reference Guide for information on the treatment of syphilis.
 
Health care providers with questions about the treatment of syphilis can call the Sexually Transmitted Infections Case Management Program at 416-338-2373.

ExpandUPDATE: MERS-CoV and the 2016 Hajj (September 2016)

Hajj, the annual spiritual pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, took place from September 9-14, 2016. Mass gathering events can increase transmission of certain infectious diseases, including influenza and meningococcal disease.

 

Health care providers should also consider the possibility of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in returning travelers from this region with an acute respiratory infection that meet the case definitions outlined in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Guidance for Health Workers and Health Sector Employers on MERS-CoV.
 
Reminder: Call TPH's surveillance unit at 416-392-7411 during work hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday) or 3-1-1 after hours to report any suspect or confirmed cases of MERS-CoV.

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