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PHO Rounds: Microbiology: Visiting Speaker: Influenza vaccine effectiveness during the 2014-15 season: what happened?
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: by webinar
Infectious Diseases; Laboratory Testing and Sciences; Research and Collaboration
City: Toronto
Format: Webinar

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

Influenza vaccine effectiveness during the 2014-15 season was the lowest ever recorded by Canada’s Sentinel Physician Surveillance Network (SPSN). The speaker will describe the “perfect storm” scenario that led to such low protection this season, with insights into how this may be avoided in future.

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: Dr. Danuta M. Skowronski

Dr. Danuta Skowronski has been Epidemiology Lead for Influenza and Emerging Respiratory Pathogens at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) for approximately 15 years. In this role, she is responsible for surveillance and rapid response research, for which she has been distinguished for her notable contributions around several major public health events.

Dr. Skowronski led the public health response to SARS in BC in 2003, and was responsible for human health recommendations during outbreaks of avian influenza in BC in 2004. In addition to being a member of Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization from 2008-11, Dr. Skowronski has been involved in numerous provincial and national level pandemic planning activities and committees since 1998. Dr. Skowronski has more than 100 publications, primarily related to influenza, and has been recognized for her distinguished career in public health.

PLEASE NOTE: We regret that CME credits cannot be provided for this session.


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