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‘Ask the Experts’ Event

Video: Let’s Talk Immunization – Ask the Experts

25 April 2016 (1:10:09). Please click on the image above to play the video (external link).

In support of National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW), Immunize Canada welcomed the general public to ask a panel of experts their questions on immunization.


Expert Panel

Photo of Dr. Noni MacDonaldDr. Noni MacDonald (moderator)

Dr. MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Canada. She is a former dean of medicine at Dalhousie University, the first woman in Canada to hold such a post. Vaccines – including vaccine safety, hesitancy, pain mitigation, education and policy, especially through her work with the World Health Organization and the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology’s Health Policy and Translation Group – are one of her major interests. She has published over 350 papers, is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Paediatrics & Child Health, and a former Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Dr. MacDonald has long been recognized in Canada and internationally as an advocate for children and youth health and as a leader in paediatric infectious disease and global health.

Photo of Dr. Nicole Le SauxDr. Nicole Le Saux

Dr. Le Saux is a Clinical Investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Research Institute Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. She is an infectious diseases physician at CHEO, where she is currently Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control. She is Royal College-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and anatomic pathology. She is also an active member of the examination board in Infectious Diseases at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Le Saux serves on many committees, including the Canadian Pediatric Society Infectious Diseases subcommittee and the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Immunizations (PIDAC-I) of Ontario. She has published extensively in the areas of vaccines and clinical infectious diseases issues.

Photo of Dr. Allison McGeerDr. Allison McGeer

Dr. McGeer trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, then completed a fellowship in hospital epidemiology at Yale New Haven Hospital in 1989/90 before returning to Mount Sinai Hospital.  Her areas of research interest are the epidemiology of influenza infection, the prevention of healthcare-associated infection, and adult immunization.

Photo of Dr. Ian GemmillDr. Ian Gemmill

Dr. Gemmill has been the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health since 1997. From 1981 to 1997, he was the Associate Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health, and practised family medicine in Brampton, Ontario, before beginning his career in public health. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), and a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


This event was made possible through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Updated: 24 May 2016