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Western Canada Immunization Forum 2024

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

In person & live streamed

This event provides a forum for sharing scientific, policy, and operational lessons learned and to inform the planning and delivery of immunization programs. The forum can be attended by public health professionals, immunization providers, nurses, physicians, midwives, pharmacists, naturopathic physicians, program managers and leaders.

Program agenda (PDF)

Accredited by UBC CPD - the University of British Columbia Continuing Professional Development - Faculty of Medicine


March 6, 2024 - Western Canada Immunization Forum

Welcome video:

  • Dr. Monika Naus, Medical Director, Immunization & Vaccine Preventable Diseases Service
  • Elder Syexwaliya Ann Whonnock
  • Video messages from Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • Welcome from Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, BC

Plenary: Impact of the Pandemic on Immunization:

Impact of the pandemic on vaccine uptake, attitudes, and future immunization strategies (PDF) - Dr. Shannon MacDonald, Associate Professor on Nursing at the University of Alberta.

Panel discussion: Impact of the pandemic on immunization across Western Canada:

  • Dr. Shannon MacDonald, Associate Professor on Nursing at the University of Alberta
  • Kari Bergstrom, Director of Immunization with the Public and Rural Health Division of Alberta
  • Morag Granger, Public Health Nursing Consultant with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Davinder Singh, Medical Health Officer for Manitoba's Southern Health-Sante Sud region
  • Dr. Sudit Ranade, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Yukon Territory
  • Dr. Monika Naus, Medical Director of Immunization & Vaccine Preventable Diseases Services at BCCDC

Morning poster presentations:

Plenary: Main Auditorium: Building Trust in Vaccines: (video): Practical ways to inoculate against misinformation for you and your patients – Ian Roe, Content Strategist, BCCDC & Renata Mares, Public Health Consultant

Plenary: Immunization in Special Populations (video)

Afternoon poster presentations:

Additional posters:

Plenary: New Vaccines, New Schedules

Closing Remarks (video) - Dr. Monika Naus


March 1, 2023

Session 2

Poster presentations

Video of poster presentations

Session 3: Best Practices – Video

Session 4: Vaccine Safety – What can we learn from… Video

Closing remarks - Dr. Monika Naus


Day 1

COVID: The Virus, the Vaccines, the Future – Video

New Approaches to Immunization Communication – Video

Day 2

Welcome – Bethany McMullen, Director, Immunizations, BC Ministry of Health – Video

How could we integrate COVID-19 vaccine into routine immunization delivery? – Video

Racial Equity in Immunization – Video

What's new and interesting? – Video



Morning sessions themes

New recommendations for old and new vaccines; Vaccines in pregnancy; Vaccine hesitancy

Afternoon panel session 1

Afternoon Panel Session 2

Afternoon panel session 3

Afternoon panel session 4



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:

Afternoon breakout sessions:

Thursday December 8th, 2011

Morning plenary session

Afternoon breakout sessions


Immunize BC Forum

Thursday presentations

Q&A panel with all Thursday presenters

Pearls from Thursday breakout sessions

Friday presentations


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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