Most Canadian parents make sure their children are immunized on time, but health care providers often encounter parents who are hesitant about vaccination or refuse recommended vaccines. This practice point offers evidence-based guidance to clinicians on how to work with vaccine-hesitant parents. Steps include: 1) Understanding the health care provider’s key role in parental decision-making and not dismissing vaccine refusers from practice; 2) Using presumptive and motivational interviewing techniques to identify specific vaccine concerns; 3) Using effective, clear language to present evidence for disease risks and vaccine benefits fairly and accurately; 4) Managing pain on immunization; and 5) Reinforcing the importance of and parental responsibility for community protection. Immunization is one of the most important preventive health measures in existence and responsible for saving millions of lives. Addressing the concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents is a priority for health care providers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has assembled a collection of photos of vaccine-preventable diseases to assist journalists reporting on stories on infectious diseases and immunization. Photos may be reprinted to accompany news stories with proper attribution of the source.
Describes the activities of and offers statements from the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT), whose mandate is to provide rational, consistent and widely-disseminated guidelines for travel medicine and tropical medicine.
Provides families with information about all areas influencing child health and family quality of life. Includes a Just for Kids section that has age-appropriate animations for kids on many different health topics. Also includes information on immunization and possible reactions associated with different vaccines.
“Addressing Vaccine-Hesitant Parents” is a series of role-playing video clips created for healthcare providers (US). The clips feature Mark Sawyer, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist, as narrator and demonstrate real-life interactions between physicians and parents with questions about their child’s vaccines. Each video clip addresses a specific question; the series can be viewed by topic, or as a whole.
Dedicated to preventing lung disease and promoting lung health (US).
Assessment of sex-specific differences in adverse events following immunization reporting in Ontario, 2012–15
Sex differences in AEFI reporting within passive surveillance systems are not well understood.
We assessed sex-specific trends in passive AEFI surveillance in Ontario, Canada over four years. We observed overall predominance of female AEFI reports that varied by age, vaccine and reaction.
Our findings support that both biological and behavioural factors may explain these differences.
Further study is needed to characterize the relationship between sex, gender and AEFI reporting.
Augmentation des infections invasives à Neisseria meningitidis de sérogroupe W au Canada de 2009 à 2016
La prévalence de la méningococcie à MenW augmente au Canada et est associée à une augmentation des cas attribuables au complexe clonal ST-11 émergent, qui a maintenant été identifié dans cinq provinces canadiennes. Il semble plus courant chez les patients âgés que le complexe clonal ST-22 traditionnel, plus répandu chez les jeunes patients.
Provides links to resources for parents regarding autism and the safety of measles-mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Provides links to resources discussing the hypothesis that vaccines cause autism.