School-based vaccination: opportunities and challenges
School-based vaccine delivery is an important platform to achieve high coverage for adolescent immunization, as this age group tends to visit physicians less frequently than young children. Benefits of school-based programs also include peer support at the time of immunization and reductions in socio-economic gradients in vaccine coverage, which may improve health equity. This presentation will outline the history, rationale and provincial coverage associated with Ontario’s three school-based vaccine programs (Hepatitis B, quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate, and HPV) and examine the range of operational activities that are necessary, and sometimes challenging, for program implementation.
Presenters: Dr. Sarah Wilson, Jill Fediurek and Margaret McIntyre
Dr. Sarah Wilson, medical epidemiologist, works part-time with the Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (IVPD) team. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and is also trained as a family physician.
Jill Fediurek is the manager of the IVPD team. She has her certification in community health nursing, a master’s degree in public health and 10 years of public health management experience in infectious diseases including a focus on vaccine-preventable diseases and infectious diseases prevention and control program areas.
Margaret McIntyre is a nurse consultant on the IVPD team. She holds a master of nursing, community stream, and has 15 years of experience working in public health in the areas of vaccine-preventable diseases and infectious diseases prevention and control programs.
Facilitator: Gilliam Lim
Gillian Lim is an epidemiologist with the IVPD team. She has over 10 years of experience working in infectious diseases and health care and has previously worked at the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
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