CMV Vaccine Study

Participants needed: This study is looking for generally healthy women who are 16 to 35 years of age.

Why are we doing this study: CMV is a common virus that can infect anyone. Most people don’t know they have CMV because it rarely causes symptoms. However, if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system, CMV is cause for concern as it can cause serious disease. Newborns infected with CMV can develop permanent disabilities such as deafness and mental disability. There is no cure for CMV so researchers at the Vaccine Evaluation Center would like to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a newer vaccine to protect women against CMV, as well as their babies if they become pregnant.

The study involves: Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either a vaccine to protect them against CMV or a placebo. There will be 8 visits to the study clinic that will include a physical exam, vaccinations, blood tests, questions about the participant’s health, and more. Total time commitment is 9 to 10 hours spread over the course of 18 months to 3 years, depending on when participants enter the study.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/parking costs for each visit to the clinic and for their time.

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Meningococcal Vaccine Study

Participants needed: Healthy teenage boys and girls who are going into Grade 9

Why are we doing this study: Meningococcal disease is caused by Neisseria meningitidis and can result in severe disease such as septicemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. There are currently 3 different vaccines being offered to teenagers across Canada and researchers at the Vaccine Evaluation Center would like to find out if there are any differences between these 3 vaccines, and if any of them are better than the others.

The study involves: There will be 3 visits to the study clinic over the course of one year. These visits will include a physical exam, vaccinations, blood tests, and questions about the participant’s health. Total time commitment is 3-4 hours. Participants will be randomly assigned into 1 of 3 Study groups, and will receive both the MenACWY and Tdap vaccines. These vaccines are part of the routine immunization schedule offered already in our public & private schools by public health for Grade 9 students in B.C.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking and receive a gift card at each visit.

See if you are eligible: Click here and fill out a short 3 minute survey

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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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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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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”