Comparative Hepatitis B Vaccine study

Why are we doing this study: The Comparative Hepatitis B Vaccine study is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a newer Hepatitis B vaccine against the currently approved Hepatitis B vaccine. This will be a randomized multi-site clinical trial involving adults age 18 years and older.

The study involves: The participants of this study will receive 3 doses of the approved vaccine or the study vaccine over 3 visits. Blood tests will be taken at all visits. There will be a total of 7-10 visits over a 12 month period.

Celebrating Immunization: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS WEEK (#NIAW2017)

April 22nd - 29th, 2017
The VEC is celebrating National Immunization Awareness Week by sharing five of our chosen immunization stories about our research. Take a look at all five stories here or by heading to our homepage.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that can cause severe disease in people with weakened immune systems, and is one of the most common causes of birth defects in Canada and worldwide. When a baby is infected with CMV before birth (congenital infection), it often results in permanent hearing loss and intellectual disabilities.

There is currently no way to prevent congenital CMV infection, and a vaccine is urgently needed. About 1 out of every 1000 babies born in Canada are permanently harmed by congenital CMV infection.

VEC researchers are conducting a clinical trial with a new CMV vaccine being given to humans for the first time (a Phase I clinical trial). During a Phase I clinical trial, new vaccines are first tested in healthy adults. If they are found to be safe and found to generate a response in the body’s immune system, then they might be tested in young children, pregnant women, or other vulnerable groups. The results of this study will be essential for developing a vaccine to prevent disease from CMV around the world.

Celebrating Immunization: BC Children’s Hospital opening Canada’s first onsite immunization clinic in 2017

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS WEEK (#NIAW2017)

April 22nd - 29th, 2017
The VEC is celebrating National Immunization Awareness Week by sharing five of our chosen immunization stories about our research. Take a look at all five stories here or by heading to our homepage.

BC Children’s Hospital will open its doors to Canada’s first storefront immunization clinic in the fall of 2017. The Family Immunization Clinic will provide immunizations at no cost to children, youth and their families visiting BC Children’s.

​“This is a fantastic opportunity to protect some of the most vulnerable children in our society who come through the doors of BC Children’s every day,” said Dr. Manish Sadarangani, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, BC Children’s. “Offering immunizations to all family members is a simple and highly effective way to extend the impact of the clinic.”

The new immunization clinic will be situated in BC Children’s busy ambulatory care building. Last year, 86,000 children and youth were treated at BC Children’s – counting their siblings and parents, the clinic has potential to provide thousands of immunizations annually when it opens to the public.

The new immunization clinic has been made possible by a generous donation to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation from Save-On-Foods. In addition to supporting the immunization clinic, funding from the donation will go toward consultation services to physicians across the province, with the goal to improve immunization rates for children, including those with complex medical conditions.

**This post was written in collaboration with the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation**

Celebrating Immunization: Understanding why some parents are hesitant about vaccines

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS WEEK (#NIAW2017)

April 22nd - 29th, 2017
The VEC is celebrating National Immunization Awareness Week by sharing five of our chosen immunization stories about our research. Take a look at all five stories here or by heading to our homepage.

Researchers at the VEC are listening to parents about their opinions on immunizations in hopes to understand reasons for the growing concern of vaccine hesitancy. Based on interviews with mothers whose attitudes about vaccinations had changed over time, It was found that mothers who were initially hesitant about vaccines described feeling fear, anxiety, and confusion when deciding about infant immunization. Read more:

Why is this a concern that we need to learn more about?

Low vaccination coverage can lead to re-emergence of infectious diseases like pertussis and measles. “Identifying the reasons why Canadians accept or refuse vaccines is essential to learning how to develop, evaluate and promote effective strategies for immunization,” said a Public Health Agency of Canada spokeswoman. Quote – Ottawa Citizen

The research suggests that health care providers can play a role in helping reduce vaccine hesitancy by building open and supportive relationships of trust between provider and patient. Listening to parents’ concerns, following up with parents who experience a health scare or new diagnosis, and providing consistent and verifiable vaccine safety and effectiveness information may be helpful. This study is led by VEC researcher Dr. Julie Bettinger and VEC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Devon Greyson.

This research received news coverage in Sun Media, Ottawa Citizen, and UBC news

Celebrating Immunization: National Immunization Awareness Week 2017

NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS WEEK (#NIAW2017)

April 22nd - 29th, 2017
The VEC is celebrating National Immunization Awareness Week, an annual event to recognize the importance of immunization, by sharing a selection of our research highlights and news. You can read each story by clicking the links below

Human Vaccines Project to accelerate the development of vaccines


BC Children’s Hospital opening Canada’s first onsite immunization clinic in 2017


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine


Understanding why some parents are hesitant about vaccines


Early life immune system


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