Celebrating Immunization: NIAW 2018 and 30 Years of the VEC!

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS WEEK (#NIAW2018)

April 21st - 28th, 2018
National Immunization Awareness Week, is an annual event to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Vaccine Evaluation Centre and we wanted to share a few of the highlights that we are most proud of! #GetVax #VaccinesWork

Check out a history of vaccine research at the VEC and how you can help participate in vaccine research by clicking the link to our annual newsletter below.

 

 

 

 

 

Read our annual VEC newsletter here (and subscribe to the newsletter here!)

RSV Vaccine Study

Participants needed: Healthy babies age 12 to 23 months.

Why are we doing this study: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus that can cause infection in the airways.  Symptoms of RSV infection are like the common cold, such as runny nose, cough, sneezing.  There is currently no vaccine to treat RSV.  Researchers want to learn more about a new RSV vaccine that may potentially protect infants from RSV disease.

The study involves: 12 visits over 24 months.  Visits to the study clinic will include a blood test at each visit, questions about your baby’s health, physical exam, nose swabs, and 2 vaccinations.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking with a $40 honorarium at each visit.

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Pneumococcal Vaccine Study

Participants needed: Babies at 2 months of age who were born healthy and at term (at least 37 weeks’ gestation).

Why are we doing this study: Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP). Although the vaccine is given as 3 shots at 2, 4, and 12 months of age, researchers would like to find out if it is possible to achieve the same protection using just 2 shots at 2 and 12 months.

The study involves: 6 visits over 11 months. Visits to the study clinic will include a blood test at each visit, poop samples, vaccinations at 2 and 12 months of age or vaccinations at 2, 4, and 12 months of age and questions about your baby’s health.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking and receive an honorarium at each visit.

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