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Pandemics: a brief history

Most people have heard of the widely known 1918 “Spanish” flu identified as H1N1. Particularly violent, it got its name from the fact that unlike elsewhere where countries had controlled media due to the war and deliberately downplayed coverage, Spain’s »


Three children died of flu, doctors urge vaccination

This year’s strain of influenza has proven particularly dangerous for young children because they have not previously been exposed to strains of the H1N1 virus. Three children have died of flu-related illness in the western province of Saskatchewan as did »


Pregnant women should get vaccinated, say doctors

In the past, pregnant women were warned to not get vaccinations but now new guidelines are recommending some to protect both her and the coming baby. Pregnant women are at increased risk of flu-related hospitalization, complications and even death, warns »

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‘Man flu’ may be a real thing, says doctor

Men may actually get sicker from respiratory viruses and may not be just exaggerating their symptoms, says Dr. Kyle Sue. The doctor based in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut reviewed some scientific literature to find out whether men have weaker »

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Early flu shots may stave off other illnesses

Getting the flu and other respiratory illnesses might cause inflammation which later may contribute to dementia, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a recent study. Campaigns are on now across Canada to try to convince people to get their annual »

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Canada gears up for annual flu vaccine campaign

Every year, health authorities encourage Canadians to get the annual flu vaccine starting in late October and early November. While many people scoff at influenza, each year more than 10,000 Canadians are hospitalized after catching it and several thousand cases »

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New bird flu threat, future solution

Authorities are concerned about a new strain of avian flu which is spreading across China. This new strain is exhibiting different characteristics from other strains, and researchers have suggested that it may mutate further and risks becoming a pandemic. Matthew »