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I Boost Immunity
Vaccines are one of the greatest advances in medicine, but are a victim of their own success. As vaccine preventable diseases have disappeared, some Canadian parents no longer believe vaccination is needed and unnecessarily fear vaccines. Canadian vaccination rates...Read More
GetCheckedOnline STI/HIV Testing
Problem:In BC, rates of reportable sexually transmitted infections (STI) continue to rise but uptake of STI and HIV testing is below recommended levels. Barriers to testing include concerns about privacy and disclosing sexual behaviors and discomfort with health...Read More
A Tool for Early Detection of Temperature Effects on the Health of BC Residents
Hot weather has had significant impacts on mortality in British Columbia. Following an unprecedented 7-day episode of hot weather in 2009, with 120 deaths over the numbers expected in Metro Vancouver, the BC Centre for Disease Control began to track daily mortality as...Read More
Reduced Dosing Schedules for Gardasil® Vaccination for Grade 6 girls practice
“Reduced Dosing Schedules for Gardasil® Vaccination for Grade 6 girls” in British Columbia is a recent study led by researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, and the BC...Read More
Around the Kitchen Table HIV/AIDS Education
Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal women in particular have a disproportionately high rate of HIV. The history of colonialism and trauma, reduced access to health care, and a lack of culturally safe HIV education all contribute to increased rates of HIV. This...Read More
Enteric Outbreak Investigation Criteria
Enteric (diarrheal) disease outbreaks include foodborne, waterborne, and those spread through person-to-person or animal contact. The goal of outbreak investigations is to identify the source of illness in order to control the outbreak, limit the number of cases, and...Read More
Mobile IGRA (Interferon-Gamma Release Assays) Testing Program for TB
The Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) is the standard tool used to diagnose Latent TB infection (LTBI). While an accurate screening tool, the TST is associated with a relatively high rate of false positives, specifically in people who were vaccinated with Bacille de...Read More
Guideline and Tools for Reducing Immunization Injection Pain
The goal of this initiative is to reduce the pain experienced by children receiving vaccinations, thereby encouraging children and their parents to adhere to vaccination schedules, leading to increased personal and community protection against vaccine preventable...Read More
Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness and the Test-Negative Design
The influenza immunization program is the largest, most costly immunization program in Canada. More than 10 million doses of the influenza vaccine are administered to Canadians each year and hundreds of millions of doses are administered globally. The return on this...Read More
BC Asthma Monitoring System (BCAMS)
Forest fires cause some of the worst air quality that British Columbians will ever experience and many studies show that smoke exacerbates asthma and other respiratory conditions. There has also been an increase in severe fire seasons in BC over the past two...Read More
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