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  • November-20-18

    The last report issued by the Comité sur l’immunisation du Québec (CIQ) concerning the Programme d’immunisation contre l’influenza du Québec (PIIQ) [Québec’s Influenza Immunization program] was published in 2007. An update became necessary, given the many scientific advances that have occurred in this field.

    The primary objective of the PIIQ must be to reduce influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths.

    To attain this objective, the CIQ recommends maintaining a targeted vaccination strategy for individuals at high risk for hospitalization and death and giving priority to achieving vaccine uptake of at least 80% in these groups.

    It is recommended to withdraw healthy children aged 6–23 months and healthy adults aged 60–74 years from the list of groups at high risk for influenza-associated hospitalization and death, but to maintain the other groups currently included in the PIIQ.

    The CIQ recommends that all healthcare workers receive the...

  • November-06-18

    This article was first published in French in the October 2016 issue of the journal Le médecin du Québec.

    Serology is a valuable tool for diagnosing certain sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) and for counselling patients on how to prevent their transmission. Failure to understand how to use it or how to assess its limitations may nevertheless be very risky. Misdiagnosing genital herpes or falsely reassuring patients about the absence of infection may have negative consequences for them, their new sexual partners and their future children.

  • October-25-18

    Principaux constats :

    • Among individuals aged 65 years and older having suffered a minor fracture, 13.6% were considered frail while 5.2% were robust.
    • This study shows that frail elderly seniors use health care more extensively after experiencing a minor fracture.
    • It is possible to characterize seniors’ frailty status at a population level using an adaptation of a frailty index in the healthcare administrative databases.