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Epidemiologically-linked clinical cases of hepatitis A in Ottawa

Posted Friday, January 18, 2019

To: Family Physicians, Infectious Diseases Specialists, Emergency Physicians, Emergency Departments
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: Hepatitis A

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is writing to alert you to two epidemiologically-linked, clinical cases of hepatitis A in the 4 to 5-year-old age group in Ottawa. OPH has offered hepatitis A vaccination to child and adult contacts of these cases; however, additional cases may be possible.

At very young...

Pre/Perinatal Care Update: opting-out of Ophthalmia Neonatorum prophylaxis

Posted Wednesday, January 02, 2019

To: Ottawa obstetricians, family physicians, and midwives
From: Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: Pre/Perinatal Care Update: opting-out of Ophthalmia Neonatorum prophylaxis

Effective January 1, 2019, parents may request to opt-out of the mandatory prophylactic ophthalmic ointment to prevent transmission of Ophthalmia Neonatorum. This is due to an amendment to Regulation 557 Communicable Diseases – General under the Health...

Influenza season predicted to peak between late December and mid-January

Posted Monday, December 17, 2018

To: Ottawa Healthcare Providers
From: Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: Influenza season predicted to peak between late December and mid-January

2018-2019 influenza season predicted to peak between late December and mid-January

  • Current influenza surveillance data, combined with experience from past years, indicates that influenza activity will peak between late December and mid January.
  • Peak influenza activity is typically associated with increased...

Improper use of glucose meters and fingerstick devices (lancets) on multiple patients

Posted Thursday, November 22, 2018

To: Ottawa Healthcare Providers
From: Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Date: November 22, 2018

On July 30, 2018, OPH sent a memo to Ottawa healthcare providers about the improper use of glucose meters designed for single-patient use on multiple patients, and the associated risk of infectious disease transmission. OPH continues to receive reports concerning improper use of glucose meters and/or fingerstick devices.

For the safety of your patients and...

Ontario Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP)

Posted Friday, November 16, 2018

We are writing to highlight two items related to the 2018/2019 Ontario Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP).

Flu activity has started in Ontario. As both high-dose TIV and standard-dose QIV are recommended products for seniors 65 years of age and older, do not delay vaccination for a particular product. Both products protect against the flu and the most important thing is for seniors to be vaccinated.

Product Changes for the 2018/2019 UIIP Season

  • Quadrivalent inactivated...

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