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PHO Grand Rounds: Population immunity to measles and varicella in Ontario
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave, 17th floor, Toronto ON Boardroom 17-53
Infectious Diseases:Immunization; Infectious Diseases; Laboratory Testing and Sciences; Health Promotion:Population health; Surveillance:Data reports
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar
Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.
Sero-epidemiology combines cross-sectional antibody prevalence studies with epidemiological analysis to assess population immunity to infectious diseases. In this Rounds session, we will present the results of a sero-epidemiology study that aims to determine whether Ontario meets the herd immunity threshold needed to sustain varicella control and measles elimination, as well as to identify those at higher risk of outbreaks in light of Ontario’s changing immunization programs. The presented results form part of a sero-epidemiology program assessing population immunity to measles and varicella in Canada.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Describe why it is important to measure population immunity, and how it is measured using sero-epidemiology.
  • Explain population immunity to measles and varicella in Ontario.
  • Analyze the implications of these study results on future measles and varicella control.
Presenter: Shelly Bolotin
Shelly Bolotin is a scientist in Applied Immunization Research and Evaluation at Public Health Ontario and an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate whether our population has adequate protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. Shelly received a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University, a MSc and PhD in Microbiology at the University of Toronto, and a MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.       


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