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This presentation will provide overview of the Annual Report on Vaccine Safety in Ontario, 2013, which summarizes adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) reported in Ontario following vaccines administered in 2013. This second comprehensive annual assessment of vaccine safety builds upon the 2012 report, which was the first of its kind to be undertaken in Ontario. The information presented in this report contributes to the development and maintenance of a robust provincial vaccine safety surveillance system and provides relevant and timely information to support health professionals to communicate effectively about vaccine safety.
Presenters: Dr. Shelley Deeks and Tara Harris
Dr. Shelley Deeks is currently the medical director of Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (IVPD) at Public Health Ontario (PHO), an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and a member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
Tara Harris is a nurse consultant with the IVPD team and the organization’s focal point for vaccine safety. She has a master of health science (Community Health and Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the IVPD team, she was a nurse epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) working in VPD Surveillance and providing scientific and technical support to NACI.
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