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Immunizations

The practice of immunization is difficult given the rapid advances in science and the pace at which new products come on the market. This is further complicated by the delay of new products being placed on the provincial schedule. There are many international and national expert opinions on how immunizations should be given (see NACI, CPS) and the PAO can assist with the practical application of this information.

Every opportunity should be taken to ensure children and their parents have up to date information on immunizations:

Primary care providers briefly discuss immunizations at all pertinent visits.
Information on vaccines currently not part of the provincial schedule should be provided in the form of discussion and/or written information.
Consultants discuss immunizations as part of office or hospital consultations.
For Further Information…

There is a lot of information online about vaccinations, how do you know what to follow? This link provides reliable and user-friendly information to physicians, healthcare professionals and parents: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization/

The AAP’s Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP) has excellent information for pediatricians on their website. It includes policy guidelines, communication tools and parent resources – all supported by sound scientific research. The web site also assists in helping parents make informed decisions about immunizations.

This site also includes a News and Multimedia page which contains tools that physicians can use to help educate parents and even a press kit for physicians who are speaking to the media in support of immunization.

The Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness and Promotion’s website includes information for parents and physicians. The goal of the CCIAP is to contribute to the control/elimination/eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases in Canada by increasing awareness of the benefits and risks of immunization for all ages via education, promotion, advocacy and media relations.

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have a resource for parents on the Health Canada website: Childhood Immunization – It’s Your Health.

And another great resource for parents is Your Child’s Best Shot: A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination, published by the Canadian Pediatric Society

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care also provides a number of fact sheets on various immunizations as well as the schedule of publicly funded vaccines.