Yet they learn important lessons from making mistakes, and gain confidence when they spring back from them.
Indeed, immunization has been identified as one of the greatest public-health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccination is also one of the most cost-effective medical interventions; in contrast to most other medical interventions, most immunization programs for young children are cost-saving.
In all provinces and territories, this is accomplished by a single combination vaccine diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-inactivated polio-H.
Two doses of a combined measles, mumps orchitis [infection of the testicles], parotitis [infection of the salivary gland], meningitisrubella vaccine MMR are given; the first at 12 months of age and the second either at 18 months of age or at the preschool visit.
Hepatitis B vaccine is given to all Canadian children either as a three-dose infant series variably at birth, one and six months; two, four and 18 months; birth, two and 12 months or a pre-adolescent two- or three-dose series sometime between nine and 12 years of age.
New vaccines recently recommended by NACI include varicella chickenpox vaccine at 12 months of age,4 pneumococcal meningitis, pneumonia, otitis media conjugate vaccine at two, four, six and 12 to 15 months of age,5 meningococcal C meningitis, sepsis conjugate vaccine at two, four and six months of age,6 and a mid-adolescent dose of an adult formulation of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine Tdap.
Conversely, despite these enormous accomplishments, immunization programs are the victims of their own success.
As the diseases against which the vaccines protect become more uncommon, they also become less feared by the population. Vaccine-associated adverse events that are uncommon become relatively more frequent as the diseases and their manifestations become more rare.
Vaccines that are being used in healthy children become more feared by parents than diseases that they have never seen. This makes vaccines easy targets for allegations that suggest they cause a host of conditions for which there are no other proven explanations.
This further erodes public confidence in vaccination programs, with the risk that vaccine uptake will drop and the diseases they prevent will return. Post-licensure, vaccines are evaluated for safety and effectiveness how they protect against the target diseases under conditions of normal use.
Allegations of rare adverse events caused by vaccines are investigated through epidemiological and case control studies. The public is most attuned to these post-licensure studies and programmatic monitoring that demonstrates ongoing vaccine safety.
Research Questions Although there are many vaccine-related research questions, the questions of most importance to parents and vaccinators concern vaccine safety. These can be divided into three basic questions: Recent Research Results 1. Investigating allegations There is clear evidence that vaccines can be associated with rare adverse events.
In a retrospective cohort study of all births in Denmark between andrepresenting overpeople and 2.
Ongoing programmatic monitoring of vaccine safety In Canada, vaccine-associated adverse event VAAE surveillance is the responsibility of the Immunization and Respiratory Disease Division of the Centre for Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control of the Population and Public Health Branch of Health Canada, which uses both active and passive surveillance methodology to monitor vaccine safety.
In the passive system, VAAEs are reported by health-care providers through provincial public-health authorities to a national database. Severe VAAEs are reviewed by an expert advisory committee Advisory Committee on Causality Assessment to determine the relationship of the event to immunization.
What parents want to know about immunization and from whom they want to hear it Recent studies into the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of parents about immunization have been very informative and must be considered as new vaccine programs are planned.
Parents have many misconceptions about vaccines. They want to understand the diseases for which their child is being immunized and receive an explanation of the risks and benefits of each vaccine.
However, despite these successes, challenges to vaccine programs exist. Because the diseases have become less common as a result of immunization, familiarity with and fear of these diseases has diminished and concern with the vaccines has increased.
Vaccines for diseases that are no longer common are easy targets for unproven allegations about their safety, further jeopardizing gains achieved through immunization. This has led to the need for equally effective but safer vaccines and the need to pay more attention to educating and reassuring parents about diseases and vaccines.
At the same time as old vaccine programs need attention to maintain their relevance in the minds of the public, new vaccines and new vaccine programs are being introduced. Differences among the provinces and territories in which vaccines are publicly funded cause confusion and create inequities across the country.
Implications As Canada moves its national immunization strategy forward, it must take into account the lessons learned from the past.
Immunization programs would benefit from standardization across Canada. New vaccines, including quadravalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine a vaccine against the four most common types of Neisseria meningitidis, a bacteria that causes meningitisnasal influenza vaccines, group A streptococcal vaccine and human papillomavirus vaccine an infection of the cervix that predisposes a woman to cervical cancerare not far from being available.
Although safety, immunogenicity and efficacy data are essential to license a vaccine, epidemiological and social science research knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours is needed before programs are implemented.
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