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TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Vaccines are safe and have a low risk of
adverse reactions, according to the Annual Report on Vaccine Safety in
Ontario, 2012, released today. An adverse reaction, or event, is an
unwanted or unexpected health effect that happens after someone is
vaccinated. It may or may not be caused by the vaccine. Of the 7.8
million doses of vaccine distributed in Ontario in 2012, only 631
adverse reactions were reported.
"Vaccines are safe and protect individuals from dangerous diseases,"
said Dr. Shelley Deeks, medical director, Immunization and
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Public Health Ontario. "It's important
for Ontarians to know that the risk of serious reactions from vaccines
is very small compared to the risks from the diseases they prevent.
Most people who receive vaccines have little to no side effects, and
serious reactions are very rare."
The majority of the 631 adverse reactions noted in the report were mild,
such as pain, redness, or swelling around the injection site, as well
as fever and skin rashes. Only 56 cases of serious reactions were
reported after 7.8 million vaccines were distributed in Ontario in
2012. The most frequently reported serious reactions were anaphylaxis
and febrile seizures, both of which are known to occur rarely following
immunization and can be safely managed without any long-term health
The 2012 report is the first comprehensive annual assessment of vaccine
safety in Ontario. In Canada, vaccines are highly regulated by Health
Canada and monitored by governments and manufacturers to ensure they
are as safe as possible. Part of that monitoring occurs when adverse
reactions are reported by Ontario health professionals, patients, or
their parents to public health units, who in turn report this
information to Public Health Ontario. This data is used to monitor the
incidence of adverse reactions and continuously evaluate and improve
"Vaccines are amongst the safest of medical interventions," said Dr. Ian
Gemmill, medical officer of health, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and
Addington Public Health, and chair, Provincial Infectious Diseases
Advisory Committee-Immunization. "They are studied in depth before they
are licensed and go through one of the most rigorous licensing
processes by Health Canada. After they are released, monitoring
continues to ensure that no new problems are identified. This study
demonstrates that there is careful oversight of vaccines used in
programs in Ontario, and that the safety record is extremely good."
"Recent Ontario outbreaks of pertussis and an increase in measles cases
highlight the need to continue vaccinating Ontarians," said Deeks. "We
have effective vaccines for these and many other infectious diseases,
yet there continue to be outbreaks among unvaccinated Ontarians. We
need to reinforce and promote the benefits of vaccination, to protect
people's health, and to let them know that risks of adverse reactions
are low. This is especially important for vulnerable people who may not
be able to receive vaccines themselves. They rely on others to be
This report is the first comprehensive annual assessment of vaccine
safety in Ontario.
Vaccines are highly regulated by Health Canada and are continually
monitored to ensure they are as safe as possible.
Adverse reactions are reported by Ontario health professionals,
patients, or their parents to public health units, who in turn report
this information to Public Health Ontario.
Approximately 7.8 million doses of vaccine were given to Ontarians in
Of that number, 631 adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were
The distribution of AEFI reports by age was weighted toward younger ages
with over half of all reports for individuals 18 years of age and
67.4% of the AEFI reports were among females, although sex distribution
varied with age.
The majority of the 631 AEFI reports in 2012 were associated with
receipt of one vaccine (84.0%); 10.1% of reports were associated with
two vaccines; and 5.9% were associated with three or more vaccines
Most reported events were mild including: sore arm (40%), rash (22%),
and fever (7.4%).
Serious events after vaccines were very rare: there were 56 cases of
serious events reported in Ontario in 2012-approximately seven in every
one million doses distributed-and no deaths were reported.
Reported events were consistent with the safety profile of many
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