CCDR: Volume 40-17, October 16, 2014: Emerging and re-emerging infections

Inside this issue: Emerging and re-emerging infections

Be assured that the risk of MERS-CoV is low in Canada and preparedness plans are in place. In this issue, read about the ever-changing influenza virus and how it evolved during the 2012-2013 flu season as well as a systematic review and that reveals tetanus can still (though rarely) happen post-tetanus vaccine. We also provide commentaries on a new vaccine initiative and some well-deserved accolades for the group that has been providing Canadian clinical and public health care providers vaccine recommendations for 50 years: the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

Table of contents

Rapid Communication
MERS-CoV — Low risk to Canadians
Saboui M, Reyes-Domingo F, Levreault E, Mersereau T

Surveillance
Influenza in Canada, 2012-2013 season
Wong E, Li Y, Bastien N, Sevenhuysen C, Khalil N, Mersereau T, Winchester B, Saboui M

Systematic review
A systematic review of tetanus in individuals with previous tetanus toxoid immunization
Hopkins JP, Riddle C, Hollidge M, Wilson SE

Commentaries
Collaboration on a public health-driven vaccine initiative
Desai S, Tsang R, St-Laurent M, Cox A

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): A celebration of fifty years of service
Gemmill I

Upcoming conferences
December 2-4, 2014: Canadian Immunization Conference, Ottawa, Ontario. Canadian Public Health Association, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation and Canadian Paediatric Society

Canadian Immunization Conference

Useful links

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID): Effectiveness of School Closure for the Control of Influenza A Review of Recent Evidence

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID): Influenza and influenza-like illness

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