Long Term Memory to HPV vaccine study

Participants needed: Women who have received either 2 or 3 doses of the HPV vaccine 8 to 10 years ago.

Why are we doing this study: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that can cause genital warts and can lead to cervical cancer. HPV is often described as the most common sexually transmitted infection. Vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil® is known to be very good at  preventing HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18. More research into the long term protection and immune memory years after vaccination with HPV vaccine is needed to make sure the females we vaccinate as girls are still protected as adults.

Although memory response or ‘protection’ can be measured soon after you get the HPV shot, the best way to measure long lasting protection is to give another dose, or a ‘booster’ of the vaccine years after the original shots. This is like a reminder to see how well your immune system remembers the HPV shot. We are therefore studying the immune system’s response to the HPV vaccine, 8 to 10 years after first dose. Continue reading “Long Term Memory to HPV vaccine study”

Immunization Information & New Mothers Study

Participants needed: New mothers who live in the North and South Surrey, White Rock, Cloverdale, Newton and Guildford communities

Why are we doing this study: This study seeks to understand the ways in which new mothers obtain, share and use health information, especially information related to child vaccinations.

Focused in the North and South Surrey, White Rock, Cloverdale, Newton and Guildford communities, the study uses observation and interviews to explore how new mothers in these areas access information to make decisions about their babies’ health and immunizations. Continue reading “Immunization Information & New Mothers Study”

HPV Vaccine Evaluation Study (QUEST)

Quest logo artworkParticipants needed: Teenage girls who have received their HPV vaccine through their provincial immunization program (2 or 3 doses).

Why are we doing this study: For this cross-Canada study, we are BC’s recruiting site for the QUEST HPV vaccine evaluation study. Visit the QUEST website at  www.questhpvstudy.ca for more information.

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Vaccinating Children after ALL Treatment

girl-441896_960_720Participants needed: Children in British Columbia who have completed treatment for ALL

Why are we doing this study: 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. Continue reading “Vaccinating Children after ALL Treatment”

Special Immunization Clinic

IMG_0125Participants needed: Must be referred by public health or your doctor.

Why are we doing this study: 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. Continue reading “Special Immunization Clinic”