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This presentation will provide an overview of the first comprehensive annual assessment of vaccine safety in Ontario. The Annual Report on Vaccine Safety in Ontario, 2012 summarizes adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) reported in Ontario following vaccines administered in 2012. The findings of this report contribute to fulfilling a previous recommendation made for annual reporting of AEFI data in Ontario and are intended to facilitate ongoing assessment of vaccine safety and contribute to the provision of relevant and timely information for health professionals and the public about the safety of vaccines administered in Ontario.
Presenters: Dr. Shelley Deeks and Tara Harris
Dr. Shelley Deeks is the medical director, Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (IVPD), at Public Health Ontario (PHO) and an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is the scientific lead of Ontario’s Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Immunization (PIDAC-I) and chair of the World Health Organization’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. She holds fellowships in public health at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
Tara Harris is a nurse consultant with the IVPD team at Public Health Ontario and is the agency focal point for vaccine safety. Prior to joining the IVPD team at PHO, she was a nurse epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) working in VPD Surveillance and providing scientific and technical support to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
Tara has a master of health science (community health and epidemiology) from the University of Toronto.
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