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Reports to poison centres concerning ivermectin as a prevention or treatment for COVID-19 have increased over the summer months

Health Canada is reminding Canadians not to use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19. Canadian poison centres have seen an increase in reports concerning ivermectin over the summer. There is no evidence that ivermectin works to prevent or treat COVID-19, and it is not authorized for this use. To date, Health Canada has not received...

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Ivermectin not authorized to prevent or treat COVID-19; It may cause serious health problems

Health Canada has received concerning reports of the use of veterinary ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19. Canadians should never consume health products intended for animals because of the potential serious health dangers posed by them. In this light, Health Canada is advising Canadians not to use either the veterinary or human drug versions of...

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Vaccines for COVID-19

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines.html?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OMA+News+August+13+2021&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.canada.ca%2fen%2fpublic-health%2fservices%2fdiseases%2fcoronavirus-disease-covid-19%2fvaccines.html&utm_id=145621&sfmc_id=7580034 HMC

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Legionellosis increasing in Ontario

Reports of Legionellosis have been increasing throughout Ontario. There have been 13 confirmed and 1 probable cases of legionellosis reported between July 1 and July 28, 2021 in the Region of Peel. Eleven of the cases are in the City of Mississauga and 3 cases are in the City of Brampton. Legionellosis is an acute...

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Neutrogena Beach Defense and Ultra Sheer aerosol spray sunscreens recalled due to elevated benzene levels

Johnson & Johnson Inc. is recalling all lots of Neutrogena Beach Defense and Ultra Sheer children and adult sunscreens, in aerosol spray format, after testing conducted by the company detected elevated levels of benzene. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., through the skin and by inhalation) to elevated levels of benzene may pose serious health risks....

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Clarification on WHO statement about COVID-19 vaccine interchangeability

The media has recently reported that a physician associated with the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that the mixing of vaccines was a ‘dangerous trend’. This was not an official statement by the World Health Organization. The statement was made at a session unrelated to vaccine mixing and was taken out of context by news...

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Updated information on AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines

On June 29, 2021, Health Canada issued a Health Product Risk Communication regarding the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel- avis/hc-sc/2021/75389a-eng.php Health Canada has updated the product monograph for the AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines to add capillary leak syndrome as a potential side effect following vaccination. Patients with a history of capillary leak syndrome should not...

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Second dose of COVID-19 Vaccination

NACI has provided updated recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine schedules. For those who have received a first dose of an AstraZeneca vaccine, an mRNA vaccine is preferred for the second dose due to emerging evidence suggesting better immune response, and, to mitigate the risk of VITT(Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia) from viral vector vaccines. HMC

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Myocarditis Risk

Since May 2021, the Public Health Agency of Canada has been actively monitoring reports of myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through passive and active Canadian safety surveillance systems. Available information from international reports, including those from Israel and the United States, indicated that: cases were more commonly reported after the second dose, and...

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COVID-19 Second Dose Booking

Residents aged 70 and over, as well as those who received the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 18, 2021 are now able to book their second dose appointments. The provincial booking system will allow these individuals to book appointments as of Monday, June 7, 2021 at 8:00 am. This...

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Peel Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

In order to support the vaccination of students before returning to school in the Fall, beginning Saturday, June 5, 2021, youth of at least 12 years old in Peel can receive their COVID-19 vaccine at school pop-up locations. Walk-in appointments are available for youth enrolled in special education programs, or youth seeking a different environment...

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Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Type-Interchangeability, Updated on June3, 2021

NACI recommends that persons who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine may receive either AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for their second dose, unless contraindicated. On June 1, the Public Health Agency of Canada released updated recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on the interchangeability of authorized...

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Vaccination Receipts

After you are vaccinated, you can log in to the provincial portal to download or print an electronic COVID-19 Vaccine receipt for each dose you have received. Receipts are available: for first and second doses received in Ontario (once you get them) regardless of where you were vaccinated (for example, at a mass immunization clinic,...

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AstraSeneca Second Dose

At this time, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) does NOT recommend that vaccines of different types (e.g., mRNA vaccine and viral vector vaccine) be used in the two-dose series, as data on the immune response following mixed vaccine schedules are not yet available. Further information from clinical trials and NACI’s recommendation are anticipated...

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More COVID-19 Vaccine Info

 Dear Patients,  As you all know, the first vaccines are being given to higher risk people and health care workers. But we look forward to when we will have access to the vaccine. We do not yet know the place or the timing and we will communicate this when we do.  Some questions have arisen that...

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Peel Region Family Health Service Update

Peel families with young children are able to speak with a Public Health Nurse by calling the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700. Caledon residents can call 905-584-2216. Prenatal clients can register for online prenatal education at prenatalhealthmatters@peelregion.ca. Infant feeding resources and videos are available online www.peelregion.ca/parenting/feeding-baby. HMC  

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Emergency Child Care for Health Care Workers and Front-Line Workers

Emergency child care is being offered at licensed centres across Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Province’s website (https://www.ontario.ca/page/child-care-health-care-and-frontline-staff#section-1). There is an online application (https://peelregion.ca/coronavirus/childcare/) for eligible families to request emergency child care. HMC