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Public Health Ontario assumes responsibility for additional immunization and vaccine-preventable disease functions

Responsibility for surveillance and outbreak investigation, advice on outbreak control measures, scientific and technical advice and support on communicable disease and environmental health matters and public health library services transferred to Public Health Ontario on July 1, 2011, from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Public Health Division and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Additionally, we will also assume responsibility for all the above functions in the area of immunization and vaccine-preventable disease effective January 1, 2012. These include surveillance of adverse events following immunization, follow-up with health units on vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) case and outbreak investigations and vaccine coverage surveillance.

An Immunization Roles and Responsibilities document and presentation has been prepared to provide health units with illustrative examples of the types of issues, questions and activities that each party will address. Both organizations will continue to work together to offer support to the field and collaborate on initiative such as the HPV vaccine program evaluation.

For more information, including contact information for immunization and VPD resources within each organization, read the December 22, 2011 Memorandum Further changes to provincial public health system coordination take effect January 1, 2012 co-issued by Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Vivek Goel, President and CEO, Public Health Ontario.

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