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BC Children’s Hospital to open Canada’s first onsite immunization clinic

“In 1995, Dr. David Scheifele wrote a paper proposing that facilities such as B.C. Children’s Hospital should have on-site clinics where sick kids could catch up on their vaccinations. It took 21 years, but that vision is finally becoming a reality.” – The Vancouver Sun, click for article In the Fall of 2017, BC Children’s Hospital … Continue reading “BC Children’s Hospital to open Canada’s first onsite immunization clinic”

Safety surveillance of the influenza vaccines

An annual flu vaccine safety survey is completed by over 20,000 people across Canada who receive their flu vaccine. The purpose of the online survey is to monitor adverse events (side-effects) after the flu shot and allows us to monitor the safety of the flu vaccine used in Canada each year. Dr. Julie Bettinger presents … Continue reading “Safety surveillance of the influenza vaccines”

What causes changes in mothers’ vaccine hesitancy over time?

Photo credit: US National Cancer Institute, Photographer Rhoda Baer. In a study at the VEC, it was found that mothers who were initially hesitant about vaccines described feeling fear, anxiety, and confusion when deciding about infant immunization. One described literally having nightmares about the decision whether to vaccinate her baby. Dr. Devon Greyson presents these findings … Continue reading “What causes changes in mothers’ vaccine hesitancy over time?”

Now Recruiting

Quadrivalent HPV Vaccine Evaluation Study
HPV Vaccine Evaluation Study (QUEST)

We are BC’s recruiting site for the QUEST HPV vaccine evaluation study. We are currently recruiting girls who have received their HPV vaccine through their provincial immunization programme. Visit the QUEST website at www.questhpvstudy.ca for more information.

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Vaccinating Children after ALL Treatment

Children are being invited to take part in a study to determine how well children who have completed treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) respond to vaccines against childhood illnesses. Children who have been treated for ALL usually lose their immunity to childhood illnesses and require re-vaccination.

Special Immunization Clinic

This study will collect information about adverse reactions following immunization from patients attending the Special Immunization Clinic. The information collected will help build standard care plans that guide doctors as they care for patients with adverse reactions.