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PHO Grand Rounds: Needle pain and Vaccination: it’s not just a poke or a joke
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Infectious Diseases; Family Health
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

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Pain and/or fear of needles are well-documented concerns for individuals undergoing vaccination and contribute to vaccination non-compliance. Minimizing pain has the potential to lead to more positive experiences during vaccination and improve vaccination compliance rates. This presentation will review new evidence-based approaches to reduce pain and fear during vaccine injections in children and adults. Interventions for pain and fear management span 4 different domains: procedural interventions, physical interventions, pharmacological interventions and psychological interventions (also known as the 4 P’s of pain management).

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. Anna Taddio

Anna Taddio is a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and Senior Associate Scientist at SickKids. Dr. Taddio studies pain management during needle procedures in children. She currently leads a national working group, Help ELiminate Pain in KIDS (HELPinKIDS), studying and promoting effective pain management during childhood vaccination.

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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