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Harper Government Announces Support for Influenza Research and Launches New Online Immunization Guide for Doctors

December 3, 2012

OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ – On the opening day of the 10(th) Canadian Immunization Conference, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Health, announced two important initiatives to protect
Canadians from infectious diseases.

“Immunization lays the foundation for good health in this country,” said
Minister Aglukkaq. “That is why we are renewing our commitment to a
leading influenza research network and launching an updated, online
edition of the Canadian Immunization Guide.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health
Research Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) is made up of leading
influenza researchers from across the country. The network conducts
cutting-edge work that informs public health programs and helps protect
Canadians. The Harper Government will invest $4.5 million to continue
its support of PCIRN.

The Canadian Immunization Guide has been an authoritative source for health professionals seeking
information and recommendations on the use of vaccines since 1979. 
Developed by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and
the Public Health Agency of Canada, the new edition launched today is
available in an online, evergreen format that includes 21 new or
updated chapters.

The two initiatives were announced on the opening day of the 10(th) Canadian Immunization Conference, where the Government of Canada is
pleased to welcome more than 900 leaders in immunization to share
knowledge and expertise. This year’s conference theme is Excellence in Immunization: Empowering, Engaging and Educating.

The Conference is hosted by the Public Health Agency of Canada in
collaboration with the Canadian Association of Immunization Research
and Evaluation (CAIRE), the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) and the
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA).

“It is vital to remain vigilant in ensuring that all vaccines that we
give to children are safe, effective and necessary,” said Dr. Joan
Robinson, Chair of the CPS Infectious Disease and Immunization
Committee. “The Canadian Immunization Conference is the venue that
allows health care workers from across the country to discuss and
analyze diseases and vaccines in the Canadian context in our attempt to
pursue this goal.”

Immunization is a safe and effective way to protect children, families
and communities from vaccine-preventable disease.

“In Canada, immunization has been so successful in eliminating diseases
that many of us have become disconnected from the threat,” said Erica
Di Ruggiero, Chair of the CPHA. “Our collective challenge is to find
innovative and effective ways to communicate the public health benefits
of immunization programs including reduced incidence of disease and
decreased burden on the health care system.”

Immunization is also a very important part of Health Canada and First
Nation efforts to prevent disease in First Nation communities. Health
Canada will continue to work with First Nation communities, health
organizations, as well as the provincial and territorial governments to
support culturally appropriate immunization programming, increased
awareness and immunization coverage.

“This Conference provides an important showcase for Canadian vaccine
research and program evaluation,” said Dr. David Scheifele, Director of
CAIRE. “Such research support helps to provide Canadians with optimal
immunization programs.”

The Conference is being held from December 3-5 at the Vancouver
Convention Centre and is open to members of the media. For more
information, including a conference program, please visit: http://www.publichealth.gc.ca/cnic-ccni/

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FACT SHEET

December 2012

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The Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of
Health Research Influenza Research Network

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The Government of Canada has announced an investment of almost $4.5
million to continue its support for the Public Health Agency of
Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research
Network (PCIRN).

Administered out of Dalhousie University in Halifax, PCIRN currently
represents 98 investigators and researchers from 31 institutions across
Canada – leading experts in the fields of vaccine safety, vaccine
effectiveness, and program evaluation.

Since its inception in 2009, the Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian
Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) has
produced a substantial amount of research in answer to public health
questions. It has also made significant inroads in the development of
an infrastructure that can be used by both public health and industry
to conduct studies in the evaluation of vaccines and vaccine programs
going forward.

PCIRN has helped increase surge capacity and put in place mechanisms for
rapid data collection, analysis and evaluation, both before and after
the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Most importantly, it mobilizes nation-wide
research experience and talent in vaccine evaluation. The network links
individual researchers and research centres involved in vaccine
evaluation, building on their core competencies and coordinating their
efforts.

Going forward, PCIRN will continue its comprehensive research to inform
public health and pandemic preparedness planning.

For more information, please visit: www.pcirn.ca

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FACT SHEET          

December 2012

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The Canadian Immunization Guide – NEW EVERGREEN EDITION

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The newly revised Canadian Immunization Guide is being launched December 3, 2012 at the 10(th) Canadian Immunization Conference. The Guide has been an authoritative
source of information and recommendations on the use of vaccines in
Canada since 1979. The new Guide will be kept up to date in an online
format.

The Guide is produced by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization
(NACI) with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada. NACI
provides ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health
advice related to immunization. Its members include leading specialists
in childhood and adult infectious diseases, public health,
pharmacology, vaccine safety and immunology.

The updated, online Guide includes 21 new or expanded chapters on active
vaccines. It includes information and recommendation health
professionals can use when considering vaccines for their patients. 
Additional chapters under development will provide guidance on
immunization for people with weakened immune systems, chronic diseases,
and for people travelling internationally who may be exposed to
diseases that do not normally circulate in Canada.

Visit the online Canadian Immunization Guide on the Agency’s website at www.publichealth.gc.ca

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada


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