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ExpandOntario's Universal 2016-2017 Influenza Immunization program

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.

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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: 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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