Key Takeaways

The key takeaways of this chapter are:

  • Vaccine safety is a highly regulated, scrutinous process in Canada.
  • Vaccines undergo various stages of research before receiving license issuance by Health Canada.
  • Vaccine evaluation is ongoing, even after licensure. Post-marketing surveillance is important to ensure vaccines continue to be safe and to detect rare or serious adverse events.
  • Health professionals are required by law to report adverse events following immunization.
  • Adverse events following immunization should be reported when the event is serious or unexpected, and there is no other clear cause for the event. A causal relationship is not required to report the adverse event.

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Vaccine Practice for Health Professionals: 1st Canadian Edition by Oona St-Amant, Jennifer Lapum, Vinita Dubey, Karen Beckermann, Che-Sheu Huang, Carly Weeks, Kate Leslie, and Kim English is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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