New Pneumococcal Vaccine Study

Participants needed: Babies who are 2 months of age

Why are we doing this study: Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) and can lead to serious complications such as brain damage, hearing loss, and death. Children under 2 years of age are at highest risk. The current vaccine is more than 90% effective in protecting infants and young children against 13 types of SP. Researchers would like to evaluate a newer vaccine to protect children against 15 types of SP.

The study involves: 5 -6 vists over 11 months. Visits will include pneumococcal vaccination, all routine vaccinations for your baby’s first year, and questions about your baby’s health.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking and for their time.

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CMV Vaccine Study

Participants needed: This study is looking for generally healthy women who are 19 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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Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedule 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, optional stool and rectal samples, all vaccinations from 2 to 12 months of age, one throat swab 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”