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H1N1 (Swine Flu): December update

In Canada and the United States, officials are encouraging people in high-risk groups (including, among others, those with asthma, small children and pregnant women) to get the shot as soon as possible. Check local newspapers and radio to see where the shot is available in your area. Egg allergic The vaccine was developed using egg, […]

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H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccine Ingredients

Q. What are the ingredients of the H1N1 vaccine and adjuvant? A.The H1N1 vaccine Arepanrix has been developed by GlaxoSmithKline using the egg-based production method. This means the vaccine viruses are grown in eggs. This is true for the regular flu shot as well. The manufacturer states the level of ovalbumin (egg protein) in the adjuvanted […]

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Food Allergy: Naturopath Concerns

MDs raise objections to B.C. naturopath rules By Claire Gagné and Gwen Smith Proposed changes to the rules governing naturopaths in British Columbia have brought strong objections from Canada’s allergists, the B.C. Medical Association and allergy patient groups. The changes would include expanding the scope of practice for naturopathic doctors in the area of allergy, […]

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Food Allergy: Labeling in Canada

Canada Readies New Food Label Rules Soon, You Will Judge a Can by Its Cover By Gwen Smith They’ve been a long time coming, but coming they are. Health Canada says that new rules governing how manufacturers list allergens on the labels of packaged foods are entering the final stretch of regulatory acceptance this summer. […]

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Off to College – with Food Allergies

University is a time of great transition, especially for food allergic students navigating meal plans, shared kitchens and pub nights. Allergic Living examines how prepared students – and institutions – are to handle this brave new reality. It was a lazy afternoon in the residence common room – students were studying for classes, watching TV […]

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