Beyond antigenic match: possible agent-host and immuno-epidemiological influences on influenza vaccine effectiveness during the 2015–16 season in Canada
Vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates are reported from Canada’s Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) for the 2015–16 influenza season, characterized by a delayed A(H1N1)pdm09 epidemic and concurrent B(Victoria) activity. Potential influences beyond antigenic match are explored including viral genomic variation, birth cohort effects, prior vaccination and epidemic period.
Represents over 90 members who have joined together to advance vaccinology, including specialists in childhood and adult infectious disease, public health, microbiology, clinical trials, vaccine immunology and technology assessment, social and behavioural science, nursing research, epidemiology and biostatistics.
Provides links to issues of the Canada Communicable Disease Report.
Concerns about vaccine safety make some parents hesitant about immunization. Health care providers are pivotal in helping parents understand that Canada is a leader in vaccine safety. The present practice point provides an update on the eight components of Canada’s vaccine safety system: (1) an evidence-based pre-license review and approval process; (2) strong regulations for manufacturers; (3) independent evidence-based vaccine use recommendations; (4) immunization competency training and standards for health care providers; (5) pharmacovigilance programs to detect and (6) determine causality of adverse events following immunization (AEFIs); (7) a program for vaccine safety and efficacy signal detection; and (8) the Canadian Immunization Research Network’s special immunization clinics for children who have experienced serious AEFIs.
Canada's Provincial and Territorial Routine (and Catch-up) Vaccination Programs for Infants and Children
This table summarizes the current routine vaccination schedule for infants and children in all provinces and territories across Canada. Provincial and territorial schedules change regularly. This schedule is updated four times per year in collaboration with the CNCI and the CIC.
Concerns about vaccine safety make some parents hesitant about immunization. Health care providers are pivotal in helping parents understand that Canada is a leader in vaccine safety. The present practice point provides an update on the eight components of Canada’s vaccine safety system.
Outlines Canada’s pandemic influenza vaccine strategy as described in the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (CPIP) task group annex on vaccines. The strategy encompasses all elements of a vaccine program including prioritization of the initial vaccine distribution, securing a pandemic vaccine supply, regulatory approval of a pandemic vaccine, vaccine safety, distribution and storage of the vaccine, allocation and vaccine uptake.
CFID is the fundraising arm of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada -- Canada’s largest association of microbiologists and infectious disease specialists.
Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2017–2018
This document, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2017–2018 updates NACI’s recommendations regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines.
Describes the activities of the Canadian Liver Foundation, a national, charitable organization dedicated to liver health and to eliminating the over 100 foms of liver disease.