immunization (old)
For Pediatricians with Suggestions for Primary Care Providers

Vaccination was one of the most important achievements in public health in the 20th century. Current Canadian disease levels are 92–100% lower than prevaccination-era disease levels. However, many children in the Canada, as well as other countries, still die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

* Highest number of cases in a single year in the five years proceeding vaccine introduction.
** Data for measles and rubella from the Canadian Measles and Rubella Surveillance System (CMRSS). All other data are from the Canadian Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (CNDSS). Most recent report of cases in Canada in 2011. 2011 is the most recent validated data available for publication.

There are many international and national expert opinions on how immunizations should be given (see NACI, CPSBCCDC) and the BCPS can assist with the practical application of this information.

Every opportunity should be taken to ensure children and their parents have up to date information on immunizations.

Here are some useful links...

ImmunizeBC is a 'one stop shop' for immunization information and resources for and is an important resource for health care professionals that includes links to important immunization updates, resources, and the BC Immunization Manual
The AAP's Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP) has excellent information for pediatricians on their website.  It includes policy guidelines, communication tools and parent resources - all supported by sound scientific research.  The web site also assists in helping parents make informed decisions about immunizations.
Please click here for the Canadian Immunization Guide (Health Canada). The Guide is a comprehensive resource on immunization for health professionals, vaccine program decision-makers and other Canadian stakeholders with an interest in immunization. It has been developed based on recommendations and statements of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) that advises on travel-related health hazards, including vaccine preventable diseases.

Immunize Canada is a coalition of national non-governmental, professional, health, consumer, government and private sector organizations with a specific interest in promoting the understanding and use of vaccines recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
“I Boost Immunity” is an initiative sponsored by the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC). The program is based on the idea that giving people a place to celebrate their choice to vaccinate themselves or their kids is long overdue,” says Michael Barnes, BC PHAC executive director. “I Boost Immunity does that by crowdsourcing everyday British Columbians to provide a real life perspective of how important vaccines are in protecting us, not just as individuals, but as a community as a whole.”

Anyone can easily sign up to become an immunization booster by visiting Boosters can share articles and stories through Facebook, Twitter and email. The platform includes a ‘Tell us your story’ application, which encourages people to share why they support immunization and ‘Booster U’, a short training course designed to help prepare new boosters to become confident and successful immunization champions.
Campaign leaders especially welcome stories from pediatricians and physicians.

Resources You May Want to Refer Parents to:

Health Canada has an excellent resource for parents which contains a wide variety of resources from recommended vaccines to information for parents concerned about vaccine safety.
The Canadian Pediatric Society also has some excellent resources. For more information visit: (scroll down to the Information for sharing with parents and caregivers section). Information about which vaccines your child or teen needs, the illnesses they protect against and overall vaccine safety visit is also available at


BC Pediatric Society Immunization Schedule 201
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BC Pediatric Society 2017
Immunization Schedule for Children with High Risk Conditions
Here is a link to the BC Centre for Disease Control Immunization Manual. This manual also includes a section on vaccines for immunocompromised individuals.
In the News: If Only There Were a Shot Against Irrational Fears - Marget Wente column in the Globe and Mail
To receive an email about new and updated National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Statements and the Canadian Immunization Guide, please click here.
To receive an email about updates to the BC Immunization Manual, please click here.
For further information on immunization in British Columbia, please click here.
Please click here for an article on the unusual positive effects of vaccines – and why they need to be reported.
Dr. Noni MacDonald and Dr. Jane Findlay’s article in Paediatrics and Child Health about conversing with vaccine-hesitant parents is another useful resource, please click here to read the article.

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