It is estimated that nearly 50% of Canadians with asthma are not getting their annual flu shot even though people with asthma are among those most susceptible to flu-related complications.
Influenza, also known as the seasonal flu, and pneumococcal disease are unpredictable and highly contagious infections. An influenza infection in the lungs can trigger asthma attacks and a worsening of asthma symptoms, which can also lead to pneumonia and other acute respiratory diseases. In addition, pneumococcal pneumonia can cause severe complications with asthma, hospitalizations and even cost lives.
The most vulnerable in our society are the most at risk from influenza and pneumococcal disease: children, the elderly and persons with chronic health conditions, like diabetes, cardiac or pulmonary disorders and asthma.
Health Canada recommends that the best way to prevent both diseases is by getting vaccinated as it is your best defense – for you and those around you.
On Tuesday, October 8 at 11 AM EDT, Asthma Canada, in partnership with Immunize Canada, will be hosting a Webinar on Vaccinations: Stop the Spread of Flu & Pneumococcal Disease.
Our webinars include a Question & Answer session with the guest speaker, giving you the opportunity to ask pressing questions to one of Canada’s leading experts. Don’t miss out!
What you’ll take away:
Guest Speaker: Dr. Allison McGeer
Dr. McGeer trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, then completed a fellowship in hospital epidemiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.
She was a microbiologist and the director of infection control for Sinai Health system from 1990 until 2019. She is currently a clinician scientist at the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health System and a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in the prevention of healthcare associated infection and antimicrobial resistance, and adult immunization.