Dr. Chris Greenaway will describe the key points of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis review of the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health Evidence-based clinical guidelines.
A large proportion of immigrants are susceptible to several childhood vaccine preventable diseases (esp. rubella, diphtheria and tetanus) and are at risk for associated morbidity and mortality
Individuals susceptible to vaccine preventable diseases must be identified and vaccinated to maintain herd immunity and prevent outbreaks.
Health care providers need to aware of these gaps and ensure that they take all opportunities to update vaccinations in newly arrived immigrants and refugee children and adults.