The Superwoman Code

065: What We’ve Learned About Vaccine Preventable Diseases And How We Apply That To COVID-19 with NACI Vice-Chair & NS Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shelley Deeks, MD

When you want to understand vaccines, you go straight to the woman in Nova Scotia, if not Canada, who understands their impact the most. 

Superwoman, I have never cried on a podcast before. I cried at the end of this podcast. It was so real, so human, and so full of empathy that my soul was touched. If there is a time to support women who are doing amazing things, this is it. And Shelley Deeks is the woman. 


Dr. Shelley Deeks is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia and an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is the Vice Chair of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization and a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts Polio Working Group. Dr. Deeks holds Fellowships in Public Health in both Canada and Australia.

Today’s podcast is sponsored by the NS Government. As we come out of our third wave and work towards gaining population vaccination status, I’m asking you to book an appointment with your medical team to discuss with them any questions you may have. Questions are important, and making sure we can support your health in the best way possible is the goal. To find out more about the NS Government’s response to Covid-19 or to book a vaccination appointment, please follow: or 


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I’m Dr. Ashley

I work with the belief that your health should work for you, not against you. I love yoga pants, really good coffee, and helping women kick mom guilt, burnout and exhaustion to the curb; using your hormones as a superpower.

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