In light of the recent measles outbreaks, please refer to the information below re. recommended vaccinations against Measles:
Children (6 months to 18 years old)
of measles-containing vaccine should be given (ie. either MMR or MMRV
vaccines). In Ontario, these vaccines are part of the routine childhood
your child has not received two doses of measles-containing
vaccination, please visit your health care provider for catch-up
Adults born in 1970 or later should receive one dose of MMR (combined Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination
on or after their first birthday. If you do not have documentated
evidence of having received this vaccation, a blood test can be done to
determine whether you are immune to measles. Please visit your health
care provider for further information.
Adults born before 1970 are presumed to have acquired natural immunity to measles and therefore do not require vaccination.
6 months to 64 years:
Flu shots are recommended for all patients ages 6
months and older. Flu shots are
available in Ontario, free of charge during the flu season (October to March).
65 years and older:
For the 2018/2019 season, if you're 65 years or older, two different products are available for you:
1. Standard-dose vaccine, which protects against 4 strains of flu virus
2. High-dose vaccine, which protects against 3 strains of flu virus, but in higher doses
Please speak with your doctor about which product would be best for you.
Annual Physical Exams
The Ontario Ministry
of Health and Longterm Care recently replaced annual check-ups with periodic
health reviews. These reviews will be done at regular intervals, but may not
necessarily require a yearly visit. Please discuss your routine exams with your
Cancer Care Ontario has produced an interactive website to determine
your cancer risk for several common cancers (breast cancer, cervical
cancer, colorectal cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer and melanoma).
After answering several short questions, you will be given your risk
score and ways to help you reduce your cancer risk. You can save or
print your risk assessment and discuss with your physician at your next
The Ontario Ministry
of Health and Longterm Care has established the ColonCancerCheck program as a
population-based, organized colorectal cancer screening program.
The ColonCancerCheck program recommends screening
for colorectal cancer with an FOBT kit
every two years between the ages of 50 and 74 for patients at average risk for
colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer in a first
degree relative (parent, sibling or child) or a positive FOBT, the program
recommends a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer.
Talk to your family physician
about the right screening test for you.
Information about the ColonCancerCheck
Program is available at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/coloncancercheck/program.aspx
- Cervical Cancer Screening
The best way to screen for cervical cancer and pre-cancerous changes of
the cervix is through regular Pap tests. All women who have ever had any
sexual skin-to-skin contact need to have regular Pap tests starting at age 21. This includes intercourse,
intimate touching or oral sexual contact.
should have a Pap test every three years. If you are found to have an abnormal
result, the nature and frequency of your cervical cancer screening will change.
can stop at the age of 70 if you have had at least three or more normal tests
in the past 10 years. The risk of getting cancer of the cervix does not go down
as you get older. If you have had a hysterectomy, talk to your family physician
to see if you still need a Pap test.
information about cervical cancer screening and pap testing is available at:
Evidence shows that regular mammograms are
the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. The Ontario Breast
Screening Program (OBSP) is a program administered by Cancer Care Ontario that
provides mammography screening for women aged 50 years and older who are at average
risk of developing breast cancer, and aged 30-69 years who have been found to
be at high risk for developing breast cancer.
More information about OBSP can be found