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Vitamin C can increase protection from flu

Sir William Osler, one of the world’s great doctors, suggested a treatment for the common cold. He said, “Hang your hat on the bedpost, go to bed, start sipping whisky, and stop when you see two hats.” He was stressing, humorously, there wasn’t any sure treatment for the common cold. Now, during the flu season, I’m often asked if I get a flu shot.

File photo of someone receiving the flu vaccine. (File photo/Postmedia Network)

Flu cases on rise: Experts

TORONTO — The number of cases of influenza, as well as hospitalizations and deaths due to the viral respiratory illness, continue to escalate in Canada, and infectious diseases experts say there’s no telling how soon the seasonal scourge will reach its peak and begin to taper off.

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Flu docs question every-year vaccination

Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and get your annual flu shot, right?Just as the seasonal push for the flu vaccine is in full swing, mounting research is raising questions about that advice for healthy Canadians.One leading Canadian researcher is calling for a “critical review” of Canada’s influenza vaccine programs

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