The Vaccine Evaluation Center (VEC) is an academic center of excellence involved in vaccine and immunization research. Our goal is help ensure that BC and Canada have the highest quality immunization programs.
Established in 1988, the VEC was the first formal center for vaccine research in Canada. The center is separate from government and vaccine manufacturers and provides independent, expert, vaccine evaluations to help select and build the best vaccines and immunization programs.
We are BC’s recruiting site for the QUEST HPV vaccine evaluation study. We are currently recruiting girls who have received their HPV vaccine through their provincial immunization programme. Visit the QUEST website at www.questhpvstudy.ca for more information.
This study explores how pregnant mothers in Victoria, B.C. make decisions about vaccines for their children. We aim to speak with 30 pregnant women at two distinct points in time: one, when they are in their third trimester of pregnancy, and two, when their infants are 3-4 months old.
We are interested in learning about the ways parents’ opinions and concerns about childhood vaccinations change over time. If you have a child ages 6-12 years, and your thoughts and feelings about vaccinations have changed since you first became a parent, you may be eligible to participate in a confidential interview.
This study will collect information about adverse reactions following immunization from patients attending the Special Immunization Clinic. The information collected will help build standard care plans that guide doctors as they care for patients with adverse reactions.
Children are being invited to take part in a study to determine how well children who have completed treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) respond to vaccines against childhood illnesses. Children who have been treated for ALL usually lose their immunity to childhood illnesses and require re-vaccination.