Covid-19 Vaccines and Allergy: Let’s Talk
Dr Gaston De Serres obtained his MD and his PhD in Epidemiology at Laval University where he is currently full Professor of Epidemiology. Dr. De Serres is also currently Medical Epidemiologist at the Institut National de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) where he is the Medical Chief of the Immunization Scientific Unit. He is the lead expert in charge of the influenza vaccination program and of vaccine safety issues. He is a member of the Quebec Immunization Committee since 1999 and was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) between 1997 and 2004. He is a member of the Canadian National Working Group on measles and rubella elimination. He is also a member of the Quebec Vaccine Adverse Event Surveillance Group (ESPRI) since 1996. He has published more than 220 peer-reviewed articles including many vaccine safety studies.
Dr. Kyla Hildebrand is a Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy specialist and clinician educator at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of British Columbia, an investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the director of the Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy Residency Training Program at UBC. Dr. Hildebrand has been a member of the Special Immunization Clinic network investigating adverse reactions following immunization since 2014. In 2018, Dr. Hildebrand was selected as a voting member on the National Advisory Committee for Immunization, a national advisory committee of experts to provide ongoing and timely medical, scientific and public health advice. Her research focus is knowledge translation in the areas of prevention of food allergy, inborn errors of immunity and vaccine allergy.
Dr. Karina Top is pediatric infectious disease physician and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Dr. Top is the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Immunization Research Network’s Special Immunization Clinic Network. Her research focuses on management of patients with previous adverse events following immunization, and vaccine safety and effectiveness in immunocompromised patients.
Lori Connors is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Allergy/Clinical Immunology and Internal Medicine. She has been in practice since 2010. Her time is spent mainly at Halifax Allergy and Asthma Associates as an allergist and immunologist. The remainder of her time is spent practicing internal medicine at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Hanna is a Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Specialist. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in McMaster and is an affiliate of Sick Kids. She is the Chair of the Allergy and Immunology section with the Ontario Medical Association. She is an advisor on the Ontario Immunization advisory committee.
Dr. Hanna is co-founder of Halton Pediatric Allergy Clinic in Burlington, Ontario. The clinic focuses on accurate diagnosis, management and treatment of allergic conditions including asthma, environmental and food allergies.
Dr. Marie-Noel Primeau completed her PhD in Medicine from the University of Sherbrooke before attending the Pediatrics program there as a resident. She then spent two years subspecializing in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at McGill followed by another two years in postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center.
She now works at the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de Laval and is co-founder of the Clinique d’allergie et d’asthme de Montréal. Dr. Primeau is Vice-President of the Association of Allergists and Immunologists of Québec and a member of the CSACI since 1997.
Dr. Harold Kim has been practicing as an allergist in Kitchener, Ontario for 24 years and in London, Ontario for 10 years. He has appointments at Western University and McMaster University. He is the Chief/Chair of the Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Western University. He completed his MD, Internal Medicine and Allergy training at UWO.
He has been involved in clinical research leading to over 80 peer reviewed publications. He has been a participant in Canadian Asthma Guidelines, Canadian Allergen Immunotherapy Guidelines and Canadian Food Immunotherapy Guidelines. He is co-chief editor of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. He is the past president of the Canadian Network of Respiratory Care and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. His primary passion in Clinical Immunology and Allergy is patient care and medical education.
Dr. Tiffany Wong is a Pediatric Allergist and Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Paediatrics at the BC Children’s Hospital. She received her MD at UBC, Pediatric residency at the University of Calgary and fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at UBC.
Her primary areas of clinical interest are in drug and food allergy, and health quality improvement science. She is the recipient of the Hudson Scholars Award which provides protected time for research and career development with a focus on clinical quality improvement. She is the senior author on the recent paper entitled "Canadian food ladders for dietary advancement in children with IgE-mediated allergy to milk and/or egg" published in the Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology Journal in August 2021 and is supervising the clinical research study that is ongoing.
Dr. Wong is part of the Food Allergy and Immunotherapy Team affiliated with the BC Children's Hospital Allergy team.
Dr. Edmond S. Chan is a Pediatric Allergist at the BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) Allergy Clinic, University of British Columbia (UBC) Clinical Professor, Clinical Investigator (BCCH Research Institute), and Head (UBC Division of Allergy & Immunology, BCCH), where he leads a food allergy research program. He has many peer-reviewed publications on food allergy, on a wide range of topics including food allergy prevention and food immunotherapy. He is a co-author of several national/international guidelines on food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. He is on the Executive of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Allergy Section. He is on Food Allergy Canada’s healthcare advisory board, and steering committee for Canada’s National Food Allergy Action Plan.
By the end of this session participants will be able to:
- Outline the vaccines available for COVID-19 in Canada/in pipeline
- Discuss the current allergy issues related to Covid-19 vaccines
- Explain vaccine adverse event reporting in Canada and review available data on Covid-19 vaccine safety
- Communicate with health care providers and patients about allergy concerns and Covid-19 vaccines
“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, and approved by Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.”
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