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Western Canada Immunization Forum


Forum on Immunization Update, Tuesday January 30, 2018

To be held at UBC Robson Square in downtown Vancouver, BC

PURPOSE: To provide a forum for sharing scientific, policy, and operational lessons learned and to inform the planning and delivery of immunization programs in Western Canada. This year's forum will be of interest to public health professionals and immunization staff, and primary care practitioners including immunizing pharmacists.   

FORMAT: This 1 day meeting will be held in plenary format, with four presentations in the morning (on the new zoster vaccine, expanded use of pneumococcal vaccines, immunization during pregnancy, and vaccine hesitancy).  The afternoon session will consist of four panels with time for discussion on the following topics: approaches to vaccine hesitancy, improving vaccine uptake, addressing immunization needs of special populations, and examples of immunization research conducted in BC/ Western Canada.

This day will be an opportunity to be updated on current issues in immunization, engage with your peers, and view posters on a variety of immunization and vaccine preventable disease topics. A callout for poster submissions will be issued in the fall.

PROGRAM: The preliminary program for this event is available here; all listed participants have been confirmed. An updated program will be posted to finalize the introductory / closing remark speakers and one panel presentation. 

REGISTRATION: Will be online; subscribe to this page for updates and registration information.

There will be no charge for enrolment in this program. Public health staff enrolment will be allocated on a population basis. If registering from a regional health authority in BC, please connect with your BC Immunization Committee representative.

For those unable to attend in person, the program will be web broadcast live. Online enrolment for the webcast will be made available in the fall.

Previous Immunization Forums

In collaboration with First Nations Inuit Health and the government of Alberta, BCCDC hosted the Western Canadian Immunization Forum 2011 on December 7 and 8, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The primary audience was staff at all levels involved with immunization program delivery in Western Canada.

Wednesday December 7th, 2011

Morning Plenary Session
Introduction and overview of the program, new vaccine pipeline and prioritization process

New developments in vaccine safety monitoring: Canada and the World

Adverse events following immunization: Pathophysiology and Communication to Parents and the Public


Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Breakout #1: Perspectives on Evaluating Immunization ProgramsBreakout #2: CRNBC Decision Support Tools and RN Scope of PracticeBreakout #3: Life Behind the Doors of Public Health: Technology and Cold ChainBreakout #4: HPV Vaccine: current research and future program directionsThursday December 8th, 2011

Morning Plenary Session:

Opening remarks

Kathleen Ness (Alberta Health and Wellness)

The rationale for introducing a 2nd dose of varicella (Canada) 

Using social media as an advocacy tool to communicate about immunization

Collaboration and Communication with Pharmacists who Immunize

The US Experience with the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout #5: Ethical and disease prevention considerations related to alternate schedulesBreakout #6: Partners in Prevention (a BC-wide physician survey) resultsBreakout #7: Advocacy in Your Practice: ImmunizeBC's "I Have Immunity" campaignBreakout #8: Immunization as a Component of Comprehensive School Health

Immunize BC Forum

Thursday Presentations

Harriet Cooks - Opening remarks by First Nations Elder

Eric Young - Opening remarks from the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport

Monika Naus - Introduction and overview of the program

Samara David - Immunization uptake in BC adults

Danuta Skowronski - Scientific considerations for expansion to universal influenza vaccine policy

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Ian Gemmill - Implementation of the universal influenza immunization program in Ontario: Lessons learned

Beverly Hagar - Mandatory immunization of health care workers against influenza

Alison McGeer - Adult pneumococcal vaccine: Old and new

Michael Oxman - Zoster vaccine for older adults

Q&A panel with all Thursday presentersPearls from Thursday breakout sessions

Friday Presentations

Samara David and Monika Naus - HPV year 1 BC: Uptake of dose 1 and adverse events

Linda McCannell - Lessons learned in year 1 of the BC HPV program

Elizabeth Brodkin - Mature minor consent: Theory versus practice  Gina Ogilvie - Knowledge, attitudes and practice of parents of grade 6 girls in BC

Monique Landry - HPV year 1 in Quebec: Different perspectives, different outcomes 

Pam Orr - Epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases in First Nations people

Gail Peekeekoot - Erasing the lines: Public health service integration for First Nations communities

Q&A panel with all Friday presenters

Pearls from Friday breakout sessions and forum closing remarks


Forum on Immunizing in Schools

The proceedings of the morning plenary sessions from the “Forum on Immunizing in Schools” are archived below; permissions were obtained from the presenters for the posted presentations and accompanying audio.  

The goal of this two day forum was to share successes and lessons learned from school-based immunization programs in BC, with a focus on preadolescent/ adolescent age groups.  

Participants and presenters were mainly from the public health community, but also included those from education and clinical practice. The proceedings of the meeting, including afternoon breakout sessions, will inform the future work of the BC Immunization Subcommittee, which hosted this event, and implementation of the ImmunizeBC strategic framework on immunization.  

Day 1 Presentations

Overview, M. Naus

Immunization Rates and Trends, S. David

Legal Issues for Consent and Records, F. Gow

Health and Education: Partnerships in Practice, L. Buchanan

Building Relationships in Schools, L. Dukowski 

Day 2 Presentations

Differentiating between anxiety, syncope & anaphylaxis,  R. Gustafson 

Managing the pain of injection: the example of HPV vaccine, C. Jajeunesse

Using the mass module in iPHiS, A. Steele

Using PARIS for school based immunization, J. Reedjik

Lessons learned from year 1 of the HPV program in Nova Scotia , K. McGill

Lessons learned from year 1 of the HPV program in Ontario
B. Warshawsky

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