Resource references regarding immunization

I’d like to thank Dr. Forsythe for his request to provide reliable sources of information to share with his patients and your readership.

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the letter to the editor written by Dr. Dale Forsythe and featured in the Kelowna Capital News on Oct. 23 (Interior Health Challenged on Flu Vaccine Comments). I’d like to thank Dr. Forsythe for his request to provide reliable sources of information to share with his patients and your readership.

Detailed information and an expert review of influenza immunization can be found at the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website. This website includes the annual review done by the expert National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and their statement on the seasonal influenza vaccine for 2011–2012.  http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/11vol37/acs-dcc-5/index-eng.php

(Editor’s Note: Go to the Capital News website at www.kelownacapnews.com to find links within this letter in the Opinion section.)

It is important that your readers have access to factual information in order to make informed decisions about their health.  I would also encourage your readers to visit the ImmunizeBC website at  http://www.immunizeBC.ca or to contact their local public health nurse for accurate and balanced information about vaccinations.

As a chiropractor, Dr. Forsythe would be aware of the Canadian Chiropratic Association’s support of immunization and routing of the public to accurate information, as outlined in their position statement which reads:  “Vaccination is a well-established and widely mandated public health policy and the Canadian Chiropractic Association supports public health promotion and prevention strategies that encourage physical and mental health and well-being. The CCA accepts vaccination as a cost-effective and clinically efficient public health preventative procedure for certain viral and microbial diseases, as demonstrated by the scientific community. The public responsibility for vaccination and immunization is neither within the chiropractic scope of practice, nor a chiropractic specific issue. Public health programming and literature provide appropriate sources of information for patient education regarding vaccination and immunization.” http://www.chiropracticcanada.ca/en-us/the-cca/position-statements/VaccinationandImmunization.aspx

Robert A. Parker,

MD, MHSc, FRCP (CM)

Medical Health Officer

Interior Health