Sanofi Canada has announced a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Allerject.
For more information please click on the following link: http://sanoficanada.mediaroom.com/2015-10-28-Sanofi-Canada-Issues-Voluntary-Nationwide-Recall-of-Allerject-Due-to-Potential-Inaccurate-Dosage-Delivery
Thank you for your time and attention to this information.
Dr. Clive Schwartz, Assistant Professor Paediatrics University of Toronto, Developmental Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children and 13 year Camp Physician, presents all Canadian camps with a practical challenge.
Dr. Schwartz is challenging ALL camps that make and serve food to decide whether they continue to use products in their kitchens with a significant Saturated and/or Trans Fat content for frying and baking or heed his recommendation to consider the available alternatives.
To help us he provides this link to his teaching notes: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s1daq8oe1le12t4/AAA-tJlmR5W0p4LFLh8pA1Aba?dl=0
Please let us know if you are going to take the “Know Your FA(c)TS” challenge this summer. We would welcome your feedback at email@example.com.
Pearl Bell & Bev Unger
Ontario Camps Association
As the summer approaches, families are thinking about the risk of measles and summer plans. I know this hot topic is also on the minds of camp directors as we read and hear new reports about measles out breaks and a small panic rises in us – “what if we get measles at our camp?!”
With proper knowledge and planning, the risk of infectious or communicable disease outbreaks at camp can be decreased and your ability to handle the situation heightened.
Fact sheets from your own region’s public health department are only a click away.
The camp’s Health Care Custodian should review every health form to screen for those who are NOT immunized or who are immunosuppressed (such as people undergoing chemotherapy).
Immunization dates should be provided for every camper and staff. If they are not, it is recommended that efforts be made to obtain the dates of immunization.
Develop a policy that clearly states the procedures your camp will follow if an individual is suspected to have measles (or any other communicable illness).
To ensure the health and safety of everyone:
I am pro vaccination; however, I support and understand individuals’ decisions if they choose not to vaccinate. We worry about our population who are not vaccinated but remember that vaccinations are not 100% effective. There is a small population who, although fully vaccinated, could possibly come down with the illness. With this in mind, we need to be monitoring and assessing everyone who shows any signs of illness.
Make sure you have health staff on hand who are knowledgeable and able to identify the signs and symptoms of measles (or any communicable / infectious disease). Early detection will mean less exposure and a better ability for your camp to handle any issues that may arise.
Non- immunized or immunosuppressed individuals
Follow your camp crisis response plan and notify your provincial association
Report to public health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
World Health Organization, Measles 2015: