PHO Grand Rounds: Population immunity to measles and varicella in Ontario
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
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
PHO Grand Rounds
In Person; Webinar
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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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