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 at the Canadian Immunization Conference 2016. Of 200 abstracts, this study was chosen as one of the Top 10 Scientific Abstracts of 2016.

The 23 participants of the study included parents with school aged-children whose thoughts and feelings about vaccinations had changed since first becoming a parent. Some may have become less worried about vaccines and some, more worried.

So, what reduces vaccine hesitancy over time?

    • Extra attention and information sharing with hesitant mothers (whether or not they vaccinate)
    • Positive immunization experiences
    • Adequate attention and time to address concerns after an AEFI or chronic health condition
    • Acknowledgement that while HCPs are trusted sources, some mothers will want to verify information (consistent, verifiable vaccine safety and effectiveness information)

For more information and to read the abstract, click here
Co-authors: Dr. Julie Bettinger, Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Dr. Simon Dobson

November 30th: VEC & VIHD Joint Academic Rounds

Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2016
BCCHR Room 3113 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Dr. Clara Rubincam, Post doc Fellow
“Is the pre-natal period an underutilized opportunity for initiating communication with parents about pediatric vaccinations?”

Dr. Devon Greyson, Post doc Fellow
“What causes changes in mothers’ vaccine hesitancy over time?”

Byron Brook, PhD student
“Non-specific effects of vaccines: BCG protects from septic death”

National Immunization Awareness Week (#NIAW2015)

April 25th – May 2nd

Did you know, immunizations have saved more lives in Canada than any other health intervention in the last 50 years?  National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW)  is celebrated in conjunction with World Immunization Week hosted by the World Health Organization.This one-week-long initiative is geared to strengthen immunization through public awareness.

Check out our NIAW 2015 Newsletter to find out if your vaccines are up to date!


NIAW slideshow


Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital

The VEC is proud to announce that during the Family Flu Vaccine Clinic (open Oct 27th-Dec 19th) we vaccinated nearly 2,000 visitors and patients to BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital!

We were happy to provide a convenient location for patients and visitors to be immunized against the flu. Thank you for your support!

**Clinic is now closed for the season**
If you haven’t received your flu vaccine yet, click here for the Flu Clinic Locator

Family Flu Vaccine Clinic open: Oct 27th – Dec 19th 2014

Location: Ambulatory Care Centre (the building with the Starbucks, basement level).
Hours: 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

The Family Flu Vaccine Clinic is offering free flu vaccine to patients, family members, and visitors to BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital (C&W). No appointment necessary! Signs will be posted in the main lobby giving detailed directions of our clinic location.

Flu vaccine and nasal spray flu vaccine (Flumist® – for eligible patients) is available at the Clinic which is located within the hospital. An on-site nurse vaccinator will advise about who needs flu protection and which vaccine is best suited for each person. The Vaccine Evaluation Center is organizing the Clinic in collaboration with C&W and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

Why are we providing a free flu vaccine clinic at the hospital?
Children experience the highest rates of seasonal influenza (15%-25%) of any age group and are at highest risk of complications of influenza (especially those patients with chronic medical conditions). Since many “high risk” children pass through the ambulatory clinics of BC Children’s each day, this provides them a convenient opportunity to receive influenza vaccine. Providing influenza vaccination to family members and visitors to patients in the hospital as well maximizes protection of “high risk” children.

Want more facts on the flu and the flu vaccine? Check out this video or the Story of Influenza.

The flu vaccine is also important in pregnancy to protect mom, fetus, and newborn against the flu. Watch the video below for more information.