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Health Canada is updating the labels of the Janssen and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) COVID-19 vaccines

Health Canada is informing Canadians and healthcare professionals about changes to the product labels of the Janssen and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) COVID-19 vaccines.The Department is updating the label of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to provide additional information about the very rare risk of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), an autoimmune condition, and the rare risk of venous thromboembolism...

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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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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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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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Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine after CPVID-19 infection

Peel Public Health has confirmed with the Ministry of Health Emergency Operations centre that individuals with a previous COVID-19 infection may receive their COVID-19 vaccination at any time after they have recovered as long as they have completed self-isolation and have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. HMC

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COVID-19 Vaccination of the Senior 65+ Population

Peel residents aged 65-69 are now eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at hospital clinics. Appointments for the 65-69 age group will also be expanded to Peel Public Health community clinic sites in the coming days. In alignment with the Ministry’s Guidance for Prioritization of Phase 2 Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination, individuals with the following conditions, along...

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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