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PHO Grand Rounds: The Use and Influence of the Internet on Childhood Immunizations
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Infectious Diseases; Research and Collaboration; Family Health
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

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

Health professionals are concerned that parents who seek vaccine information online may be exposed to misinformation and anti-vaccine sentiment via websites and online communications on social media platforms. There is an imminent need to better understand the factors that underlie vaccine hesitancy in Canada in order to implement interventions and increase vaccine coverage. The presentation will highlight recent research on the effectiveness of Facebook as a tool to reach and recruit vaccine hesitant parents, present evidence on the association between seeking vaccine information online and Canadian parents’ perceptions of risk related to childhood immunization and discuss underlying themes of vaccine hesitancy.
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

Presenter: Jordan Tustin

Jordan Tustin is an Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University. In 2012, she was awarded with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her public health service in Canada and abroad. She is a CIHR Public Health Policy Fellow, a certified Public Health Inspector and Field Epidemiologist graduate from the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program. She holds an HBSc Biology from the University of Ottawa, BASc Occupational and Public Health from Ryerson University and an MHSc Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her PhD in Epidemiology at DLPSH, University of Toronto.

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).

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