Infectious diseases were once the leading cause of death in Canada. They now account for less than 5% of deaths, making immunization the most cost-effective and one of the most successful public health efforts of the last century.
The CPS Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee develops position statements on the vaccines that children and youth should receive, as well as topical issues for clinicians. Many statements are adapted into tools for professionals and parents. Statement can also be used to advocate to governments for public funding of vaccines.
- May 11, 2015 - ‘Nosodes’ are no substitute for vaccines
- February 10, 2015 - Keep vaccine-hesitant parents engaged, CPS advises physicians
- March 24, 2014 - CPS reminds parents of importance of vaccination
- May 3, 2013 - Don’t dismiss vaccine-hesitant parents, CPS advises doctors
Practice tools & guidelines
- Position statements and practice points from the CPS Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee
- Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program: Studies on congential rubella syndrome, acute flaccid paralysis, and respiratory syncytial virus.
- Canadian Immunization Guide
- Education Program for Immunization Competencies (EPIC): This is an in-depth review of the essential knowledge and skills you need to deliver vaccines safely and on schedule. (Credits: 22.0)
- A Booster for Vaccine-Confidence: Effective Counselling for the Hesitant Patient: Learn how to overcome vaccine hesitancy when making vaccine recommendations for children and families in your care. (Credits: 1.0)
- Paediatric Influenza Vaccination: Focus on Quadrivalent Vaccines: Learn how a fourth (B) strain in new paediatric influenza vaccines shifts burden of disease and achieves better seasonal matching. (Credits: 1.0)
- Are We Doing Enough? The CPS status report on public policy and child and youth health rates how governments are doing in preventing infectious diseases through immunization.
- Vaccine surveillance: IMPACT program
Information for sharing with parents and caregivers
- Your Child’s Best Shot: A parent’s guide to vaccination
- Caring for Kids: Printable fact sheets for parents on all childhood and adolescent vaccines, including:
- Getting your shots: Bilingual brochures for many of the recommended vaccines.
- A Parent's Guide to Vaccination (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- CANImmunize (vaccination app)
- Encyclopedia on Early Child Development: Immunization in children
- Guidelines from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization
- Immunize Canada
- Vaccine safety websites: Sites that meet criteria for good information practices established by the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.
- Immunization and Vaccines: A website by the Public Health Agency of Canada for parents.
- Tips for making vaccinations as easy and pain-free as possible from HELPinKids.