Seasonal Influenza: 2019-2020 NACI and AMMI Canada Recommendations

Influenza constantly evolves. Learn about the 2019-2020 recommendations for prevention and treatment of seasonal influenza. Speakers:Dr. Ian Gemmill and Dr. Gerald Evans, Infectious disease experts Speakers presented the recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s(NACI) Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Statement 2019-2020, and the Association of Medical Microbiology andInfectious Disease (AMMI) Canada’s Guidance for Practitioners on […]

Navigating the Canadian health care system: Refugee women’s experience

TRANSCRIPT DON’T SEE PLAYER? // Listen HERE Zeeshan:           Welcome to a brand new episode of Infectious Questions, a public health podcast produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases. At NCCID, we help those with infectious disease questions connect to those with answers. Hello, I’m Zeeshan Qadar. Shivoan:            And I’m Shivoan Balakumar. For this episode of the […]

Congenital syphilis: Jared Bullard

In this final episode of our series on syphilis and public health, we hear from Dr. Jared Bullard, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Manitoba and Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. He discusses recent increases in cases of congenital syphilis, the risks it poses to a fetus, as well as prevention strategies.

Seasonal Influenza: 2018/19 NACI and AMMI Canada Recommendations

Summary of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s Seasonal Influenza Statement and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada’s Treatment Recommendations for frontline healthcare practitioners and public health vaccine providers to help guide their practice.

Dr. Ian Gemmill presented on prevention of seasonal influenza, types of vaccines available and their effectiveness, new indications and available internet resources. Dr. Gerald Evans presented on the burden of seasonal influenza, the trends in recent years and the antiviral treatment recommendations.

Mathematical Modelling in Public Health

A mathematical model is a virtual experiment set up to test a hypothesis. It creates a controlled environment where complex relationships between biological, environmental, demographic and behavioural factors can be represented.

For public health, mathematical models can be used to test different “what if” scenarios and the results can help inform policy, programs and practice.

NCCID has released two new resources about modelling and public health. A new video, a partnership with NCCMT, introduces public health to modelling. As a companion piece, NCCID developed a case study of a Promising Practice of a collaboration between public health in Winnipeg and modelers in Toronto, to assess the benefits of new interventions to reduce syphilis infections in Winnipeg.