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PHO Grand Rounds: Adolescents' perceptions of vaccines, vaccine safety, and disease risk: An education initiative and intervention study
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Infectious Diseases; Surveillance
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Educating adolescents on immunization safety and risk of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) may improve their confidence in vaccines. This webinar will present the results of Interactive Youth Education Initiative (IYEI) study, which evaluated the impact of an interactive education initiative among adolescents at a high school located in North Bay, Ontario.

The results of this study suggest that the interactive educational intervention had a positive change in adolescents’ perceptions and attitudes towards immunization. The study also indicated the value of a collaborative approach. The implications of these findings for public health units will be discussed. 

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenters: Jaymie-lynn Blanchard and Andrea McLellan

Jaymie-lynn Blanchard is a public health nurse, working in the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (NBPSDHU). She has seven years of experience as a public health nurse at the NBPSDHU as well as prior experience as a pediatric nurse. She is currently registered in the MScN/PHCNP program through Laurentian University. She has a strong interest in vaccine-preventable diseases.

Andrea McLellan is the program manager for the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program at NBPSDHU, a role she has filled for the past seven years. Andrea has a bachelor of science in nursing and a master’s degree in education. She played a critical role in facilitation of the IYEI and continues to provide ongoing support in the integration of the IYEI into current programming.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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