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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"I am a passionate supporter of immunization. Through vaccine coverage assessment, program evaluation, and providing scientific support to PIDAC-I, my goal is to help protect the greatest number of Ontarians against vaccine-preventable diseases."

Sarah Wilson, Medical epidemiologist
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    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of medicine, University of Toronto
    • Master of science (Public Health), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    • Certificant, Canadian College of Family Medicine (CCFP)
    • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC), Public Health and Preventive Medicine
    • Canadian Field Epidemiology Program

    Areas of expertise

    • Immunization coverage assessment
    • Immunization program evaluation
    • Vaccine-preventable diseases
    • Outbreak investigation

    PHO research interests

    • Data sources and methodologies for immunization coverage assessment.
    • The use of administrative data to study the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization program delivery.
    • Public perceptions of immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Current PHO research activities

    • Provide medical and scientific support to Ontario public health units and the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Immunization (PIDAC-I) in the areas of immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases.
    • Assessing the impact of rotavirus immunization on acute gastroenteritis in Ontario using administrative data.
    • Examining the uptake of rotavirus vaccine in Ontario and factors (infant, family and provider) associated with rotavirus immunization.
    • In a mixed methods study involving key informants, capturing information on immunization information systems and the methodology used to compute vaccine coverage estimates in Canada.

    Top publications

    1. Wilson SE, Quach S, MacDonald SE, Naus M, Deeks SL, Crowcroft NS, Mahmud SM, Tran D, Kwong J, Tu K, Gilbert NL, Johnson C, Desai S. Methods used for immunization coverage assessment in Canada, A Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) study. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2017 Jul 14 [Epub ahead of print].

    2. Wilson SE, Quach S, MacDonald SE, Naus M, Deeks SL, Crowcroft NS, Mahmud SM, Tran D, Kwong JC, Tu K, Johnson C, Desai S. Immunization information systems in Canada: attributes, functionality, strengths and challenges. Can J Public Health. 2017;107(6):e575–82.

    3. Wilson SE, Rosella LC, Wang J, Le Saux N, Crowcroft NS, Harris T, Bolotin S, Deeks SL. Population-level impact of Ontario's infant rotavirus immunization program: evidence of direct and indirect effects. PLoS One. 2016;11(5):e0154340.

    4. Wilson SE, Seo CY, Lim GH, Fediurek J, Crowcroft NS, Deeks SL. Trends in medical and nonmedical immunization in Ontario: an annual cross-sectional assessment of students from school years 2002/03 to 2012/13. CMAJ Open. 2015;3(3):E317-23.

    5. Wilson SE, Khan K, Gilca V, Miniota J, Deeks SL, Lim G, Eckhardt R, Bolotin S, Crowcroft NS. Global travel patterns and risk of measles in Ontario and Quebec, Canada: 2007-2011. BMC Infect Dis. 2015;15:341.


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