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Current News & Updates

New: 2018-2019 Seasonal Influenza Vaccines
NewFASD Prevalence Rates Higher than Previous Estimates

Date Content
September 18, 2018
  • New: Non-medical Cannabis Legalization and Regulation – Recommendations for Health Care Providers
  • Reminder: Encourage Patients to Exclusively Breastfeed until Six Months
  • New: OGPMSS Toronto Client Vaccine Order Form
  • Update: Herpes Zoster Vaccines NACI Statement Now Available Online
  • Reminder: Toronto Public Health’s West Nile Virus Bulletin
August 22, 2018
  • Update: TPH’s 2018 CME Event – Substance Use & Addictions
  • New: Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives as First Line Contraception for Youth
  • Update: Rotarix No Longer Available from OGP
 July 27, 2018
  • Alert: Toronto’s First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2018 Confirmed
  • New: Rotavirus Vaccine Changes
  • New: Locally-acquired Cyclospora Infections in Ontario
 June 22, 2018
  • Update: Paused Implementation of Immunization Reporting Change
  • New: National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Recommendation on Herpes Zoster Vaccines
  • New: Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL) Guidelines for Hepatitis C Testing and Management
June 15, 2018
  • Updated:  Reporting Requirements for Immunizations
June 12, 2018
  • New: Confirmed Hepatitis A Infection in a Toronto Food Handler
  • Update: Increase in Non-Travel Related Hepatitis A Cases
  • New: Pride Month in Toronto – What Health Care Providers Need to Know
  • Update: TPH’s STI Treatment Reference Guide
June 5, 2018
  • Alert: Measles Case Confirmed in Toronto
May 29, 2018
  • New: Increase in Infant Botulism Cases in Ontario and Canada
  • New: Immunization Reporting Requirements
  • Reminder: Monitor Child Development in Preschool Patients
May 17, 2018
  • Lyme Disease 2018
May 8, 2018
  • Alert:  Measles Case Confirmed in Toronto
May 4, 2018
  • New: Changes to Ontario Reportable Diseases – Effective May 1, 2018
  • New: Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) Information for Health Care Providers
  • New: Leaking Vaccine Syringe – Potential Risk of Underdosing
April 19, 2018
  • Reminder: Risk of Blood-borne Virus Transmission with Blood Glucose Monitoring Equipment
  • New: Pediatric Dental Health Screening Guide for Health Care Providers
April 4, 2018
  • Update: Listeria Outbreak
  • Update: Implementing the 2017 Ontario Perinatal Record – TPH Programs to Support Your Patients
  • New: Reproductive, Family and Child Health Web page for Health Professionals
March 21, 2018
  • Listeria Monocytogenes – Clinical and Food Testing Guidelines for Foodborne Illness Outbreaks (PHO)
  • Alert: Confirmed Cases of Listeria Infection in Toronto
March 13, 2018
  • New: TPH’s 2018 CME Event – We Need Your Input
  • New: NACI Statement – Immunization in Pregnancy with Tdap Vaccine
  • Update: OGPMSS temporary closure for year-end inventory
  • New: Case of Mycobacterium chimaera in Toronto
  • Reminder: Human papillomavirus vaccine is free for MSM up to 26 years of age
February 9, 2018 
  • Update: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness – A Clinician’s Guide for the Current Season
  • Update: Provincial HIV/HTLV lab test requisition form
February 1, 2018
  • Update: Give QIV influenza vaccine to all unvaccinated individuals for the rest of the 2017-2018 season
  • Update: Increase in Hepatitis A cases among Men who have sex with Men
January 24, 2018
  • New: Changes to Vaccine Ordering Through TPH

Date Content
December 22, 2017
  • New: Alternative Treatment of N. gonorrhoeae
  • New: Reprocessing Resource Update
  • Alert: 2017-2018 Influenza Vaccine
  • Update: “HIV and STIs and BBIs, Oh My!” CME Event
December 1, 2017
  • New: World AIDS Day & Canadian Guidelines for HIV PrEP & PEP.
November 30, 2017
  • Update: Influenza Vaccine Supply
  • Seve the date: HIV and STIs and BBIs, Oh My! Additional Session.
November 21, 2017
  • Update: Influenza Vaccine Delivery Delays and Temporary Use of QIV for Adults
  • Update: Mumps Outbreak Continues in Toronto
October 31, 2017
  • Update: 2017-2018 Influenza Season – Lab-Confirmed Cases
  • Update: HIV PrEP
  • Update: “HIV and STIs and BBIs, Oh My!” CME Event
  • Reminder: Influenza Vaccines by Age Groups
October 16, 2017
  • Update: Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus
  • Update: Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus (MERS- CoV)
  • New: Product Replacement Pediacel®
September 28, 2017
  • New: Hepatitis A Increase in MSM in Toronto
  • New: Register Now For “HIV, and STI’s and BBI’s, Oh My!”
  • Update: 2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccines
  • New: Blastomycosis Cases Occurring in the Manitoulin District
  • Update: School Suspensions for Elementary Students without Up-to-date Immunization Records
  • Reminder: Clinics to Help Your Patients Quit Smoking
September 7, 2017
  • Update: Ontario’s Publicly funded HPV Immunization Program
August 25, 2017
  • Update: Increase in Locally-Acquired Lyme Disease Cases
  • Alert: Toronto’s First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2017 Confirmed
  • Update: 2017 Ontario Perinatal Record
  • Reminder: September is FASD Awareness Month – Role of the Health Care Provider
July 28, 2017

  • New: TPH’s 2017 CME Event – We Need Your Input
  • Update: Eliminate Hepatitis – Role of the Health Care Provider
  • New: OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare Program
July 17, 2017
  • New: Cyclosporiasis Investigation
  • Update: Lyme Disease 2017
  • New: Opioid Related Harm in Toronto
June 29, 2017
  • New: Hepatitis A Investigation in Toronto
June 26, 2017
  • New: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Among MSM in Europe, Chile and New York City
  • Update: Toronto’s Mumps Outbreak Continues
  • Correction: HPV Vaccine Eligibility Clarification
June 2, 2017
  • Reminder: Expedited Partner Therapy for Chlamydia
  • Reminder: Preconception Health Care Tool to Screen for Potential Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
  • Update: Hepatitis B Vaccine Recommendations
  • Update: HPV-0 Vaccine (Gardasil®9) 2-dose Recommendations®
May 10, 2017
  • Update:  Rabies Info for Health Professionals
  • Update: TPH Declares  Measles Outbreak Over
April 27, 2017
  • New: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Screening Guidelines for Adults
March 30, 2017
  • New: Introducing Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s New Medical Officer of Health
  • Alert: Measles Cases Confirmed in Toronto
March 9, 2017
  • Update: Recommendations on the Prevention and Treatment of Zika Virus for Canadian health care professionals
  • Update: Mumps Outbreak – Cases in School Aged Children
  • New: Toronto Seniors Helpline 416-217-2077
  • Reminder: Group A Streptococcus Infections in Homeless Individuals
February 22, 2017
  • Update: Mumps Virus Continues to Circulate in Toronto
February 21, 2017
  • Alert: Botulism Risk with Baby Food Recall
February 9, 2017
  • Alert: Mumps cases among young adults in Toronto
January 31, 2017
  • Reminder: Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)
  • Update: Meningoccocal Vaccine for High School Students
  • New: CME Accredited Event March 22, 201
January 13, 2017
  • Update: 2016-2017 Influenza Season
  • Reminder: Screening for Hepatitis B
  • New: Pharmacists Now Able to Provide 13 Additional Vaccines

Date Content
December 2, 2016
  • Update: Low Stock of Tdap-IPV and Shingles Vaccines
  • Reminder: Influenza Vaccination
  • Reminder: Glucometer Use and Bloodborne Disease Transmission
October 20, 2016
  • Update: School Suspensions for Elementary Students without Updated Immunization Records
  • Update: Resurgence of Syphilis and Lymphogranuloma Venereum in Toronto
  • Update: Flu Nasal Spray versus Injection Vaccine for Kids
October 6, 2016
  • Update: 2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccines
September 21, 2016
  • Reminder: Ontario’s Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit
  • New: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) Surveillance
  • New: 2016-2017 Influenza Season – First Lab Confirmed Cases
September 14, 2016
  • MERS-CoV & the 2016 Hajj
September 9, 2016
  • Alert: Toronto’s First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2016 Confirmed
  • New: Publicly-funded HPV-4 (Gardasil®) vaccine now available for MSM up to 26 years of age
  • New: Shingles Vaccine to be Added to Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule for Persons 65 to 70 Years of Age
  • Reminder: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
 August 22, 2016
  • Zika virus infection in travelers returning from the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil
  • Update: Availability of Bicillin L-A For Treatment of Syphilis
August 12, 2016
  • Update:  Travel Health Notice regarding precautions for travel to countries where Zika virus is circulating
  • Update: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Directives Rescinded
July 13, 2016
  • Update: Lyme Disease Testing, Diagnosis & Treatment in Ontario
  • Update: “Things That Bite: Rabies, Lyme Disease, Zika, etc.”
  • New: Test TPH Pediatric Dental Health Screening Tool
June 16, 2016
  • Alert: Recall due to Listeria monocytogenes- Neilson brand Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk
  • New: Truvada approved by Health Canada for pre-exposure propholaxis (PreP) of HIV Infection
  • Update: New sessions added for “Things That Bite: Rabies, Lyme Disease, Zika, etc.”
  • Request:  Complete Activity for Chance to Win $200.00
May 27, 2016
  • Request: Tell Us What You Think About Communiqué
  • Reminder: Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Complaint Investigations – Sterilizers in Community Office Settings
  • Reminder: Infant Hearing Screening
May 5, 2016
  • New: Interim Guidance on the Management of Syphilis Cases in Toronto
  • New: Ontario Expanding HPV Vaccine Program to Include Boys
  • New: Register Now for TPH’s “Things That Bite: Rabies, Lyme Disease, Zika etc.” CME* Accredited Event
April 28, 2016
  • Update: Zika Virus Travel Health Notice
  • New: Temporary change of DTaP-IPV-Hib vaccine packaging
April 22, 2016
  • Update: Costco Food Product Recall Associated with Hepatitis A Cases
April 20, 2016
  • Alert: Costco Food Product Recall Associated with Hepatitis A Cases
April 8, 2016
  • Reminder: Meningococcal Vaccines Required for School Attendance Should be Administered On Time
March 11, 2016
  • Reminder: Hepatitis A Virus in Toronto
  • Reminder: Order Free Menactra® Vaccine for High School Students
  • Reminder: March 24 is World TB Day
  • New: Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings Online Course
February 11, 2016
  • Update: Zika Virus Infection Information
  • Reminder: Syrian Refugee Healthline
February 5, 2016
  • New: Recall Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination
  • Update: 2015-16 Influenza Season
  • New: Resources to Assist Patients Experiencing Postpartum Adjustment Difficulty or Perinatal Mood Disorder
January 28, 2016
  • New: Zika Virus Infection Information
  • New: Rabies in Ontario
  • New: Rabies and Animal Bites/Exposures Webpage for Health
  • New: Lead in Consumer Products
January 25, 2016
  • New: “Immunization Information Notice” Letters to Students