Tag: Vaccines

Promoting vaccine benefits: public health officials call for a rethink of communication with parents

Promoting vaccine benefits: public health officials call for a rethink of communication with parents

Public health officials must find better ways to communicate with parents about the risks and benefits of childhood vaccination, researchers and public health officials agree. That task is particularly challenging in the absence of a national, or a provincial, vaccine surveillance registry because, to target messages effectively, accurate and timely information about vaccination rates and…

Absence of vaccine registry hampers ability to track vaccine-preventable outbreaks

Absence of vaccine registry hampers ability to track vaccine-preventable outbreaks

The re-emergence of vaccine-preventable illnesses is a major concern for Ontario’s public health officials. Efforts to create a national vaccine registry have stalled. A real time, comprehensive vaccine registry and surveillance system in Ontario may be the best answer to the information deficit. Faced with a measles outbreak at an elementary school, nurse Susan Otten spent…

Should health care workers be required to get the flu vaccine?

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Each year several thousand Canadians die from influenza. Vaccinating health care workers against flu reduces transmission and would protect patients who are most vulnerable.  However, only about 40% of hospital staff in Ontario were vaccinated last winter. Is it time for Ontario to make the flu vaccine mandatory for health care workers? Explaining the influenza…