Exposure to thimerosal in vaccines used in Canadian infant immunization programs, with respect to risk of neurodevelopmental disorders
Examines the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, in Canadian children as a result of mercury exposure from thimerosal-containing vaccines routinely used in some provincial/territorial universal infant and early childhood immunization programs
ICES Reports: What to Do to Beat the Flu? Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates among Healthcare Workers
Many healthcare facilities are struggling to improve vaccination rates among their staff. Influenza vaccination rates for healthcare workers remain low in many healthcare facilities - despite the best efforts of the facilities, as well as an increased risk of infection among healthcare workers compared to the general population and the potential to transmit influenza to patients that could lead to serious consequences.
Organizations often aim to improve vaccination rates by focusing their efforts on educating staff about influenza, the vaccine and its benefits. While this effort likely has some positive influence, previous studies have shown that there is little difference in the level of related knowledge between vaccinated and unvaccinated staff, except for the belief that vaccination can result in influenza. Other research has found an inconsistent relationship between knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Given these findings, further education may not improve coverage. This article reports on a research study that uses a more current model of health behaviour to identify potential challenges and opportunities for improving vaccination rates among staff. (Manuel et al. 2002) A self-administered questionnaire and focus groups were used to examine the health behaviour and attitudes associated with influenza vaccination in healthcare workers.
Guides physicians as they counsel parents about possible connections between immunization and autistic disorders.
Describes a publication which evaluated whether or not the hepatitis B vaccine can cause neurological disorders.
Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism : population study
Investigates whether measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination is associated with bowel problems and developmental regression in children with autism by looking for evidence of a new variant form of autism.
Assesses whether an association prevails between MMR vaccination and encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, and autism.
Refusals and delay of immunization within southwest Alberta : understanding alternative beliefs and religious perspectives
Explores how adherence to different beliefs has affected immunization coverage in one Regional Health Authority in Southwest Alberta.