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In 2009, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) was created as a national network to conduct coordinated research on pandemic vaccines and vaccination programs. Over the past five years, the Vaccine Coverage Theme and the subsequent Program Delivery and Evaluation Network have conducted a wide range of applied public health studies: a pan-Canadian assessment of pandemic immunization data collection during the 2009 A (H1N1) pandemic, an exploration of the feasibility of novel methods for immunization data collection, and a pilot cluster-randomized study comparing trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines with live, attenuated influenza vaccines given through school-based immunization clinics. This presentation will cover a sample of our group’s work.
Presenter: Dr. Jeff Kwong
Dr. Jeff Kwong is a scientist at Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), a family physician with Toronto Western Hospital’s Family Health Team, and an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Kwong’s key research interests include infectious diseases epidemiology and health services research using linkable data, influenza vaccine and vaccination program evaluation, and assessing the burden of infectious diseases.
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