Public Health Ontario (PHO) has produced the Annual Report on Vaccine Safety since 2013 to facilitate ongoing assessment of adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) and to support communication about vaccine safety in Ontario.
In 2017, PHO launched the Vaccine Safety Surveillance tool, an interactive online tool allowing users to explore, manipulate and download vaccine safety data.
This session will provide an overview of vaccine safety surveillance in Ontario, including the results of the 2016 vaccine safety report and an introduction to the updated interactive vaccine safety surveillance tool.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the process and importance of vaccine safety surveillance in Ontario.
2. Summarize adverse events reported in Ontario following administration of vaccines in 2016.
3. Explain the value of the vaccine safety surveillance tool in providing readily-accessible local and provincial vaccine safety data.
Tara Harris is the acting manager of the Immunization & Vaccine Preventable Diseases team at Public Health Ontario. She is a registered nurse with an MHSc (Community Health and Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining PHO she was a Nurse Epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) working in Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Surveillance and providing scientific/technical support to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
Chi Yon Seo is an epidemiologist in the Immunization & Vaccine-Preventable Diseases team at Public Health Ontario. Since joining the team in 2013, she has been involved in vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, vaccine safety surveillance and immunization coverage surveillance work.
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