Pfizer Canada is advising individuals "of very rare occurrences of EpiPen® (0.3 mg) and EpiPen Jr® (0.15 mg) auto-injector devices not easily sliding out of their plastic carrier tube." If you have one of these devices we encourage you to follow up with the dispensing pharmacy.
According to the announcement: "delayed or no treatment could lead to worsened patient condition, including possible fatal outcome. Consumers need to check their device now to confirm that it can be removed from the carrier tube with ease."
Health Canada has announced that at its request, the distribution of ranitidine drugs, which are used to treat heartburn – by prescription and over the counter – be stopped while Health Canada assesses a potential health risk. Students who use this drug are advised to consult with a pharmacist. For more information, visit Health Canada’s website.
The change of seasons often brings an influenza outbreak. Although influenza activity generally peaks around January, it takes the body about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies that will protect against influenza virus infection. For that reason, it's important to get vaccinated before the seasonal outbreak, especially if you fall into the high risk category.
Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to get their influenza vaccination through Health Services at one of the following dates: