Implantation du programme EMMIE (Entretien Motivationnel en maternité pour l'Immunisation des Enfants)au Québec et validation internationale de la stratégie PromoVac


Arnaud Gagneur

Université de Sherbrooke


Domaine : santé des populations

Programme Chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens - Senior

Concours 2019-2020

Vaccination greatly reduced mortality and morbidity from many preventable diseases. However, to avoid the resurgence of these diseases and the human drama associated, high vaccine coverage should be maintained in the population. Yet in Quebec, vaccine coverage in young children remains suboptimal, especially caused by a proportion of parents who are ambivalent about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. The phenomenon of hesitation towards vaccination has now become a global phenomenon. Many controversies circulating about immunization, responsible for the loss of public confidence undeniably leading to reduced vaccine coverage causing the return of epidemics.

Henceforth, the fight against the vaccination hesitancy is one of the priorities of the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Quebec. Therefore, I tested and validated across the province, a concept of vaccination promotion by means of an educational intervention within maternities, based on motivational interviewing techniques.  This intervention has not only significantly increased the intention of vaccination within parents who had received the intervention but also increased their child vaccination coverage.

My research program now aims to implement this strategy in all Quebec maternity hospitals in collaboration with the Ministry of Health as part of a new provincial immunization promotion program (the EMMIE: Maternal Motivational Intervention Program for the immunization of children). This strategy is also being validated in Canada so that children in Quebec and Canada may grow healthy and thrive.