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The Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, ACTive (IMPACT) : Active surveillance for vaccine adverse events and vaccine-preventable diseases Bettinger, Julie A.; Halperin, Scott A.; Vaudry, Wendy; Law, B. J.; Scheifele, David W.

Abstract

For almost 25 years the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, ACTive (IMPACT) has been conducting active surveillance for severe adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) and vaccine-preventable diseases in children. The network, which consists of volunteer paediatric infectious diseases investigators at 12 tertiary care paediatric hospitals, is an important component of Canada’s AEFI monitoring. The network employs nurses at each of the sites to search for and report possible AEFIs to local, provincial and national public health authorities. The active nature of the surveillance ensures a high level of vigilance for severe AEFIs in children.

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