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Canadian Paediatric Society

MOVING TO ACCEPTANCE: How to address vaccine hesitancy in your busy practice

Vaccine hesitancy is one of the main reasons Canada is not reaching targets for paediatric and adult immunization coverage. By improving their understanding of vaccine hesitancy and their ability to talk to patients and families about vaccination, health care professionals can help.

The CPS has developed two education activities to help you better understand the common causes of vaccine hesitancy and the most effective ways to counsel patients and families, so that they feel equipped to make informed decisions.

    Workshop - March 26, 2019, Enercare Centre, Toronto, ON
    (Immediately preceding The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC))

    This workshop uses highly interactive case studies and expert insight to help you build confidence around vaccine counselling for patients and parents, making vaccine recommendations, discussing efficacy and safety, and handling common concerns.

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    Certificate of attendance

    Online module (coming soon)

    The one-hour module helps health care providers counsel vaccine-hesitant patients by providing:

    • Guidance to counter common doubts and fear

    • A practical, balanced approach to improved decision-making
    • Links to supportive resources

    Planning Committee

    Eve Dubé, PhD,
    Researcher, Institut national de santé publique du Québec - Université Laval

    Julie Emili, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, MSc
    Assistant Professor (Part-time), Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact,
    McMaster University

    Arnaud Gagneur, MD, PhD
    Professor, University of Sherbrooke

    Christine Halpert, RN, BSN, MA
    Senior Practice Leader, Communicable Diseases and Immunization Service
    British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

    James Irvine, MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC
    Public Health and Preventive Medicine Consultant;
    Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan

    Noni E MacDonald, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCAHS
    Professor of Paediatrics, Dalhousie University & IWK Health Center

    Dorothy Moore, PhD, MD
    Associate Professor of Paediatrics (post-retirement appointment), McGill University

    Anna Taddio, BScPhm, MSc, PhD
    Professor, University of Toronto,
    Senior Associate Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children

    Glen Ward, BSc, PhD, MDCM, FRCP(C)
    Clinical instructor, University of British Columbia
    Staff Peace Arch Hospital, Langley Memorial hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital

    Brenda Weitzner, MD, CCFP
    Family Medicine, Paediatric Health Promotion and Prevention

    Medical writer:
    Michael Boivin, BScPhm

    Last updated: Mar 19 2019