Toronto Public Health
The goal of the Health Professionals website is to provide you with timely, accurate, and relevant local public health information. Resources are primarily targeted at physicians and infection control practitioners practising in Toronto.
News and Announcements
Toronto is experiencing a significant increase in the number of reported cases of infectious syphilis and lymphogranuloma venereum in men who have sex with men (MSM). Health care providers are reminded about the importance of regularly testing MSM who may be engaging in unprotected anal or oral sex for sexually transmitted infections.
Ontario's Universal Influenza Immunization program will be starting soon.
Anyone who is 6 months and older can receive flu vaccine from their health care provider, pharmacy (5 years of age or older) or at a Toronto Public Health flu clinic.
Children ages 2 to 17 years can receive either an injection or nasal spray vaccine. Canadian experts advise that either is equally efficacious. See the TPH fact sheets for more information on vaccines for children and adults and influenza infection.
- October 6, 2016 Communiqué (update on the 2016-17 Seasonal Flu Program)
- TPH Influenza Information for Health Professionals
- MOHLTC Universal Influenza Immunization Program
- NACI Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2016-2017
- NACI Addendum on LAIV use in children and adolescents
- NACI Addendum on flu vaccines in egg allergic individuals
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.
Beginning in September, human papillomavirus, Gardasil®-4 is now publicly funded for Ontario residents, ages 9 to 26 years who self-identify as gay, bisexual, as well as other men who sex with men (MSM) including some trans people. Refer to new order form.
The order form for HPV-4 for high risk individuals is now consolidated with the other publicly funded vaccines for high risk individuals (Hepatitis A vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine and Meningococcal vaccine). Refer to the new order form.
Toronto Public Health has received confirmation of a West Nile virus case in a Toronto resident. This represents the first case for 2016. More information.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) issued an updated travel notice recommending that pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant avoid travel to areas where the Zika virus is circulating. More information about Zika virus, including testing indications.
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.
For more information:
- Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules for Ontario
- Bed Bugs
- Breastfeeding E-Learning Modules
- Cancer Prevention and Screening
- Enteric Outbreak Management
- Grade 7 & 8 Immunization and Vaccines
- Harm Reduction Services
- Rabies and Animal Bites/Exposures
- Respiratory Outbreak Management
- Vaccine Storage and Handling