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Immunization, vaccine hesitancy and the role of the physician (Concurrent education session)

(Mon. Aug. 22, 3:20 pm - 4:40 pm)

This session will provide an overview of immunization in Canada, including vaccination rates, provincial data collection and registries, and drivers of hesitancy. The challenges and opportunities to increase immunization rates and address vaccine hesitancy, and the role of physicians in advocating for improvements in these areas will also be explored.


Dr. Bonnie Henry, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia

Dr. Noni Macdonald, Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases), Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre, Halifax

Learning objectives

Participants will:

  • describe the immunization system in Canada and the issues related to robust data collection and surveillance;
  • recognize the drivers of vaccine hesitancy and their causes;
  • demonstrate an understanding of best practices in working with vaccine hesitant parents and patients;
  • evaluate opportunities to advocate for improvements to the immunization system.


Evaluation form

2016 General Council Program: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 16.75 hours. This program has been reviewed and approved by the University of Ottawa, Office of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 16.75 Mainpro+ credits (a certificate of participation will be emailed to participants at the end of the General Council Program).