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Immunization reporting requirements
I am a registered nurse working in a busy community clinic and often administer immunizations to clients. I’ve been hearing there are new and updated reporting requirements under the Health Promotion Protection Act (HPPA). Is this true?
Yes. The Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) has been amended to include new and updated reporting requirements for adverse events following immunizations (AEFIs) and Diseases of Public Health Significance.
An AEFI is any event or reaction that occurs after receiving a vaccine. Health care providers must now report AEFIs for all authorized vaccines in Canada. For an updated list of authorized vaccines and what information is required in an AEFI report, refer to Ontario Regulation 569.
The list of Diseases of Public Health Significance (Ontario Regulation 135/18) has been consolidated and updated to reflect current public health priorities. The list includes all communicable, virulent and diseases of public health significance that must be reported to the local Medical Officer of Health.
Contact your local public health unit for more information on these reporting requirements.