Preventative health care is crucial to maintaining good health and we discuss this at your annual physical examination. Some aspects of preventative health care include the following:
Infants receive one or two vaccinations at the 2, 4, 6, 12, 15 and 18 month visit. You may want to pre-treat your baby with acetaminophen before the visit. If your child has missed one of these important vaccines, please call our office for an appointment, or request one online.
Prior to school entry, between the ages of 4 to 6, your child will require two booster vaccinations. The tetanus booster is required every 10 years thereafter (age 14-16, and so on).
Women should receive Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer every one to three years until the age of 70. Please call us for an appointment if it has been more than three years since your last pap smear, or request an appointment online.
All women between the ages of 50 to 74 should be screened for breast cancer with mammography every two years. Women between the ages of 30 to 69 who are at high risk of breast cancer should be screened annually or more frequently at times and now have more options for screening available to them, including breast MRI. Please discuss your risk category and breast screening options with your family doctor. If you require a mammogram requisition to set up your biannual mammogram appointment, please click here.
For more information on the new Ontario Breast screening guidelines and the criteria for high risk patients, click here
All patients between the ages of 50 to 75 should have colon cancer screening. Colon cancer screening can be done with a simple test kit you do at home and send to the lab for fecal occult blood sampling. This test should be done every two years. Click on the Request Lab Requisition and ask for the colon cancer screening test. Please speak to your family doctor if you are at high risk for colon cancer or if you prefer a colonoscopy instead.
Getting the flu shot reduces severe illness in young children, the elderly, and those with chronic disease. In people over 65, the flu shot reduces rates of hospitalization, outpatient visits and all-cause mortality. We receive the flu shot for distribution usually by mid-October and strongly recommend that you receive the shot by mid-December. We hold flu shot clinics in November.
We strongly recommend getting the flu shot every October or November to prevent influenza and its serious complications. Those at most risk are children and adults (including pregnant women) with chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, cardiac disorders, asthma, and morbid obesity (people with a body mass index greater than 40); residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities; people 65 years of age and older; healthy children 6 months to 5 years of age; aboriginal peoples; and healthy pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy. Please call our office to book an appointment for your flu shot.
Cervical cancer screening is recommended every three years for all women starting
at age 21 who are or ever have been sexually active, if they have never had an abnormal
Pap test. Sexual activity includes intercourse, as well as digital or oral sexual
activity involving the genital area with a partner of either gender. Women, who
are not sexually active by 21 years of age, should delay cervical cancer screening
until sexually active. Regardless of sexual history, there is no evidence to support
screening women under 21 years of age. Based on the latest clinical evidence, cervical
cancer screening every three years is effective. Pap tests can stop at age 70 in
women who have had three or more normal tests in the prior 10 years.
However, if you have been treated for an abnormal Pap test in the past, these guidelines do not apply. Annual pap testing is still recommended for those treated for an abnormal test in the past. Please discuss with your physician if you are unsure about the screening interval which is best for you.
As part of our efforts to contain health costs, we will be offering annual health
screening to all our healthy adults age 18-64. This may mean you will not require
a complete head-to-toe examination with routine testing, although we will discuss
your health concerns, health maintenance strategies, and offer proven cancer screening
tests (in line with Cancer Care Ontario guidelines), as well as screen for cardiovascular
disease if indicated. Healthy patients with no chronic disease may choose a longer
screening interval than annually, in conjunction with their family physician. All
patients with chronic disease and those 65 years old and older should have an annual
exam. We strongly encourage those 50 to 64 years of age to have an annual or at
minimum biannual health screening exam. 16 and 17 year olds should have a screening
exam as well, especially those considering going off to college/university.
Ontario has added to the vaccine schedule for infants and children as well as adults. The new Rotavirus oral vaccine for infants between 6 and 24 weeks age, a second dose of chickenpox vaccine for children aged 1-11, and a whooping cough booster vaccine for adults age 19-64 is available. Please speak to us at your next office visit.
As of Nov. 1st, 2011, all Ontarians are required by law to provide identification to their health care provider in order to receive a prescription narcotic or controlled substance medication. You will need to provide the same identification to the pharmacist in order to pick up the medication.