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  • January-10-19

    This health profile of linguistic communities is based on data from the 2014-2015 Québec Population Health Survey (QPHS). It addresses a number of topics broken down into 16 indicators covering certain behaviors associated with prevention and health promotion, certain aspects of physical and mental health status, as well as occupational health. Topics addressed in the report cannot be covered with medical or government databases or with census data. The data has been analyzed from a linguistic minority standpoint and according to immigrant status.

    The highlights shown here only apply to indicators for which statistically significant differences were observed between the anglophone and allophone linguistic minority communities and the francophone linguistic community.

    Linguistic minority status

    Compared to francophones, anglophones:

    • scored favorably for three indicators: consistent condom use, psychological distress, and non-...
  • 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.