Immunization & Vaccine Information for Health Professionals
Please read the information on eligibility criteria first.
Alerts and Updates
Stay current on changes:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Recommendations – April 17, 2019
- Limited Supply of Shingles Vaccine – March 7, 2019
- Hepatitis A Vaccine Supply – February 20, 2019
- Td POLIO (Td-IPV) Vaccine is No Longer Available – November 26, 2018
- Rotavirus Vaccine Product Change – August 21, 2018
- National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Recommendation on Herpes Zoster Vaccines – June 20, 2018
- New Guidelines from NACI: Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnancy – March 7, 2018
- Moving to Acceptance: How to address vaccine hesitancy in your busy practice
- online module
- 1-hour credit
- complimentary for Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) members
- 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)
Working with Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
See Educational Opportunities above.
Approaches to vaccine hesitancy
- 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 September 14, 2018.
Strategies to Improve Vaccine Coverage
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.
Information for Your Patients
Vaccine Storage and Handling
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.
Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI)
Health care practitioners are required to report AEFIs to Toronto Public Health. You can also report by calling our immunization nurses 416-338-2030.
- AEFI Fact Sheet (Public Health Ontario)
- AEFI Reporting Form (Public Health Ontario)
- More information on AEFIs
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