• Bettinger, Julie A.

    Titles

    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Associate Professor, Division of Infectious and Immunological Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    PhD, MPH
    Primary Area of Research
    Healthy Starts
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Phone
    604-875-2422
    Fax
    604-875-2635
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
    950 West 28th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

    Research Areas
    • Vaccine preventable diseases: meningococcal, pneumococcal, influenza, rotavirus
    • Vaccine safety
    • Surveillance 
    • Immunization knowledge, attitudes and beliefs 
    • Population health
    • Infectious disease epidemiology
    Summary

    I am a vaccine safety scientist at the Vaccine Evaluation Center, a leading center for applied vaccine research in Canada.  My research interests include vaccine safety and vaccine preventable diseases, as well as attitudes and beliefs around immunization uptake and use. I am also the epidemiologist for the Immunization Monitoring Program, Active, a national surveillance system for vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine adverse events in 12 pediatric tertiary care centers across Canada. 

    Current Projects
    • Population based active surveillance for meningococcal infections in adults and children across Canada 
    • Evaluation of meningococcal immunization programs across Canada
    • Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT): hospital-based active surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events following immunization 
    • Parental attitudes about rotavirus vaccination
    • Parental attitudes about immunization after an adverse event following immunization
    • Public opinions of H1N1 vaccine
    Selected Publications

    Bettinger JA, Scheifele DW, Halperin SA, Kellner JD, Vanderkooi OG, Schryvers A, De Serres G, Alcantara J. Evaluation of meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccine programs in Canadian children: interim analysis. Vaccine. 2012 Jun 8;30(27):4023-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.04.034. Epub 2012 Apr 23. PMID: 22537988

    Pereira JA, Quach S, Hamid JS, Heidebrecht CL, Quan SD, Nassif J, Diniz AJ, Van Exan R, Malawski J, Gentry A, Finkelstein M, Guay M, Buckeridge DL, Bettinger JA, Kalailieff D, Kwong JC, for the Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) Vaccine Coverage Theme Group. Exploring the feasibility of integrating barcode scanning technology into vaccine inventory recording in seasonal influenza vaccination clinics. Vaccine 2012; 30(4):794-802. PMID: 22119585

    Le Saux N, Bettinger J, Déry P, Embree J, Vaudry W, Halperin S, McDermid A, Booth TF and Coyle D. The Hidden Costs and Characteristics of Childhod Rotavirus Emergency Visits in Canada. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2012; 31(2):159-163. PMID: 22001965

    Heidebrecht CL, Pereira JA, Quach S, Foisy J, Quan SD, Finkelstein M, Deeks SL, Guay M, Bettinger JA, Kolbe F, Crowcroft NS, Sikora CA, Buckeridge DL, Kwong JC, for the Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Influenza Research Network (PCIRN) Vaccine Coverage Theme Group. Approaches to immunization data collection employed across Canada during the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccination campaign. Can J of Pub Health 2011; 102(5):349-54. PMID: 22032100

    Dubé E, Gilca V, Sauvageau C, Bradet R, Bettinger JA, Boulianne N, Boucher FD, McNeil S, Gemmill I, Lavoie F. Canadian paediatricians opinions on rotavirus vaccination. Vaccine 2011; 29:3177-82. PMID: 21376118

    Le Saux N, Bettinger J, Halperin S, Vaudry V, Scheifele D, for members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT). Hospital acquired rotavirus infections: burden in Canadian paediatric hospitals. J Inf Prevention 2011:12(4):159-162.

    Dubé E, Defay F, Gilca V, Bettinger JA, Sauvageau C, Lavoie F, Boucher FD, McNeil S, Gemmill I and Boulianne N. A(H1N1) pandemic influenza and its prevention by vaccination: paediatricians opinions before and after the beginning of the vaccination campaign. BMC Public Health 2011;11:128. PMID: 21342511

    Bettinger JA, Wills K, Le Saux N, Scheifele DW, Halperin SA, Vaudry W; for Members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT). Heterogeneity of Rotavirus Testing and Admitting Practices for Gastroenteritis among 12 Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospitals: Implications for Surveillance. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology. 2011:22(1);15-18. PMID: 22379483

    Quach S, Hamid JS, Pereira JA, Heidebrecht CL, Foisy J, Bettinger JA, Rosella L, Crowcroft NS, Deeks SL, Quan SD, Finkelstein M, Guay M, Buckeridge DL, Sikora CA, Kwong JC. Time and motion study to compare electronic and hybrid data collection systems during the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccination campaign. Vaccine. 2011;29:1997-2003. PMID: 20863900

    Le Saux N, Bettinger JA, Halperin SA, Vaudry W, Scheifele DW; for Members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT). Substantial morbidity for hospitalized children with community-acquired rotavirus infections: 2005-2007 IMPACT surveillance in Canadian hospitals. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Sep;29(9):879-82. PMID: 20467353

    Lapphra K, Dobson S, Bettinger JA. Acceptability of Internet adverse event self-reporting for pandemic and seasonal influenza immunization among health care workers. Vaccine. 2010 Aug 31;28(38):6199-202. Epub 2010 Jul 21. PMID: 20654668

    Bettinger JA, Sauvé LJ, Scheifele DW, Moore D, Vaudry W, Tran D, Halperin SA, Pelletier L.; for Members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT). Pandemic influenza in Canadian children: A summary of hospitalized pediatric cases. Vaccine. 2010; 28(18):3180–3184. PMID: 20189488

    Bettinger JA, Scheifele DW, Kellner JD, Halperin SA, Vaudry W, Law B, Tyrrell G for Members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program Active (IMPACT). The effect of routine vaccination on invasive pneumococcal infections in Canadian children, Immunization Monitoring Program, Active 2000–2007. Vaccine. 2010; 28(9): 2130-2136. PMID: 20044050

    Bettinger JA, Scheifele DW, Le Saux N, Halperin SA, Vaudry W, Tsang R.; for Members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT). The impact of childhood meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccine programs in Canada. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2009; 28(3): 220-224. PMID: 19209096

    Le Saux N, Bettinger JA, Wootton S, Halperin SA, Vaudry W, Scheifele DW, Tsang R.; for Members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT). Profile of serogroup Y meningococcal infections in Canada: implications for vaccine selection. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology. 2009; 19(4):e130-e134. PMID: 21119789

    Bettinger JA, Halperin SA, De Serres G, Scheifele DW, Tam T. The Effect of Changing from Whole-Cell to Acellular Pertussis Vaccine on the Epidemiology of Hospitalized Pertussis in Canada.; for Members of the Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, Active (IMPACT). Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2007 Jan; 26(1):31-5. PMID: 17195702

    Grants
    Honours & Awards

    Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Investigator Award - 2011

    Research Group Members
    • Keswadee Lapphra, clinical fellow
    • Laura Sauve, clinical fellow
    • Kim Marty, data director
    • Wenli Zhang, data manager
    • Shuyu Fan, statistician
    • Mariana Veiga, research assistant
    • Engy Grove, research technician