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COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for Patients with Autoimmune Diseases

We have received many questions regarding the use of COVID-19 vaccines in patients with autoimmune diseases on a wide range of advanced therapies such as biologics. The first thing to be aware of, is that the studies done for these vaccines did not include … Continue reading

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Charlton Health Launches Educational Video Series: Inflammatory Arthritis & Its Treatments

Charlton Health would like to wish everyone all the best of health in 2021.  We are pleased to share the following series of educational videos which we have just launched for the New Year. At a time when virtual education … Continue reading

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The Power of Human Connection

A couple of years ago, we brought you a blog post called “The Health Benefits of Singing,” where we discussed how singing and other types of social activities can help with loneliness, stress, and depression. Of course, this holiday season, … Continue reading

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Looking for help to better manage your Arthritis… online?

The Arthritis Society provides care through the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program (AREP) to Ontario residents with a valid health card. The Arthritis Society offers one-on-one consultations, as well as group education classes led by physiotherapists, occupational therapists or social workers. Throughout the pandemic, … Continue reading

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New Treatment Approved For Psoriatic Arthritis

We are pleased to share that a new biologic treatment has been approved for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. People who have this condition can suffer from inflammation in joints of  the hands and feet as well as larger joints such … Continue reading

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Influenza Vaccine Distribution

We have received many calls with concern that their community pharmacy has already run out of the influenza vaccine.  I want to reassure you that although  there was a preliminary distribution of influenza vaccine around October 7-9th from public health, the actual … Continue reading

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When can a person on rituximab receive the flu shot?

Question: When can a person on rituximab receive the flu shot? Answer: Let me first speak about our biologic treatments for autoimmune conditions in general, where it is fine to get the flu shot as it is not a ‘live’ … Continue reading

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Importance of Blood Monitoring

We are often asked if it is necessary to have ongoing blood work while on disease modifying treatments for autoimmune conditions.  Blood work is one part of understanding how well your condition is being managed, as well as watching for … Continue reading

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ReBlog: Community Based Resources for Adults with Arthritis

In honour of Arthritis Awareness Month, we thought we would share one of our most popular past blogs on arthritis. In April 2019, we brought you this list of helpful resources. If you didn’t see it then, we hope you … Continue reading

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When is the flu shot coming?

As we have seen in Australia, there is a definite expectation that Canadians will want to be protected against any vaccine preventable infection possible, including influenza. It is known that getting influenza changes the airway lining, increasing the risk of also … Continue reading

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