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2019-2020 Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP)

Posted Thursday, October 10, 2019

To: Ottawa Immunizers
From: Dr. Sarah Funnell, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Date: October 10, 2019

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is adjusting our influenza vaccine distribution plan based on revised amounts received from the Ministry of Health.

OPH has received some doses of quadrivalent influenza vaccine which we are preparing for distribution to you beginning next week. Based on the amount we have received, you will receive 30 percent of the amount you received last season,...

Potential measles exposure, Ottawa

Posted Friday, October 04, 2019

To: Physicians and Nurse Practitioners, Emergency departments, Walk in clinics
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Date: October 4, 2019

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has been informed of a confirmed case of measles in Montreal with brief travel to Ottawa on September 22, 2019, during the period of communicability. The period for post-exposure prophylactic immunization and immunoglobulin has ended for this exposure. If an individual presents...

West Nile virus positive lab test in Ottawa resident

Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2019

To: Ottawa Physicians, Emergency Departments and Walk-in Clinics
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Date: September 24, 2019

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has received the first positive result for West Nile virus (WNV) in an Ottawa area resident for the 2019 season. While WNV activity in mosquitoes has been low this year, risk for transmission to humans remains possible until the first few hard frosts of the fall.

Please keep WNV in mind...

Severe Pulmonary Illness and Vaping

Posted Friday, September 20, 2019

To: Ottawa Physicians and Nurse Practitioners, Emergency Departments and Walk-in Clinics, Pediatricians
From: Dr. Sarah Funnell, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Date: September 20, 2019

Given an ongoing investigation between severe pulmonary illness and vaping in the United States and Canada, Health Canada is advising Canadians who use vaping products to monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and...

2019-2020 Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP)

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019

To: Ottawa Immunizers
From: Dr. Trevor Arnason, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Date: September 17, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to provide information on the 2019-2020 Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP). Ontario’s UIIP provides publicly funded influenza vaccine for all individuals aged 6 months or older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. The program is administered by the provincial Ministry of Health. Vaccines are distributed...

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