Immunization & Vaccine Information for Health Professionals
Please read the information on eligibility criteria first.
Stay current on changes:
- Change in Hepatitis B Vaccine Packaging – Dec. 6, 2019
- Interim Rabies Immune Globulin-sparing Measures – Sept. 20, 2019
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Eligibility Update – Jun. 20, 2019
- Interim Use of Engerix-B® Vaccine for Renal Dialysis Patients – Jun. 20, 2019
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Recommendations – Apr. 17, 2019
- National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Recommendation on Herpes Zoster Vaccines – Jun. 20, 2018
- New Guidelines from NACI: Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnancy – Mar. 7, 2018
- Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Update #4: Dec. 10, 2019
- Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Update #3: Nov. 27, 2019
- Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Update #2: Nov. 18, 2019
- Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Update #1: Sept. 25, 2019
- Influenza Information for Health Professionals (Toronto Public Health)
- Please use the UIIP Vaccine Order Form after October 28, 2019 (Note: If this form doesn’t open properly, please use a different browser.)
- Be non-judgemental.
- Be presumptive that a child will be vaccinated.
- Never dismiss a child from practice.
- Set aside time to counsel parents.
- Use every visit as an opportunity to discuss vaccines.
- Validate parental concerns and correct misconceptions.
- Discuss the benefits and risk of vaccines versus risk of diseases.
- Frame data clearly and positively.
Adapted with permission from the Canadian Paediatric Society: Working with Vaccine-Hesitant Parents: An Update Sept. 14, 2018.
- Addressing vaccine hesitancy: Clinical guidance for primary care physicians working with parents. (Shixin (Cindy) Shen and Vinita Dubey. Canadian Family Physician. March 2019, 65(3) 175-181)
Your patients look to you for trusted advice.
- Be positive.
- Listen to your client’s concerns.
- Refute misinformation.
- Encourage clients to seek credible sources for more information.
- Integrate adult vaccination into your primary care.
- Address waning immunity in diseases more common to adults.
- Assess client risks based on their occupation, travel habits, underlying illness, lifestyle and/or age.
- Vaccines for adults may not prevent the onset of disease, but will at least reduce disease severity.
Vaccines can lose their effectiveness when exposed to light or temperatures outside +2°C and +8°C range. Please review the Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines to ensure vaccine potency and reduce wastage.
Health care practitioners are required to report AEFIs to Toronto Public Health. You can also report by calling our immunization nurses at 416-338-2030.
- AEFI Fact Sheet (Public Health Ontario)
- AEFI Reporting Form (Public Health Ontario). Fax the completed form to 416-338-2028.
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