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Browse the National Vaccine Catalogue

The National Vaccine Catalogue is a publicly accessible information repository of all vaccines authorized for use in Canada, including product-specific information and standardized terminology to promote interoperability. Additionally, the NVC includes standardized terminology as well for select international vaccines to facilitate the recording of vaccines received abroad within Canadian immunization registries for comprehensive records. Use is subject to acceptance of these disclaimers.

To browse the National Vaccine Catalogue, select a subset:


Subsets

Tradename immunizing agent

The tradename immunizing agent subset includes tradenames (representing the vaccine brand name) of authorized vaccines and passive immunizing agents (such as immunoglobulins and antitoxins, with ready-made antibodies) in Canada. This subset is a direct extension of the Canadian SNOMED CT Reference Sets developed by Canada Health Infoway. Where available, each SNOMED CT tradename is also linked to its corresponding Health Canada issued unique Drug Identification Number (DIN), lot numbers (assigned by the manufacturer to each vaccine batch), SNOMED CT generic immunization agent concept (representing the non-brand name), vaccine-preventable disease concept (indicating the disease the vaccine protects against), and antigen concept (representing the active ingredient triggering an immune response).

Generic immunizing agent

The generic immunizing agent subset includes vaccines and passive immunizing agents that are currently authorized for use in Canada, those obtained through special access programs (generic description), and vaccines that have been discontinued and/or never licensed in Canada (with a tradename). This subset is a direct extension of the Canadian SNOMED CT Reference Sets developed by Canada Health Infoway. Where available, each SNOMED CT generic immunizing agent is also linked to its corresponding SNOMED CT tradename (representing the vaccine brand name), vaccine-preventable disease concept (indicating the disease the vaccine protects against), and antigen concept (representing the active ingredient triggering an immune response).

Vaccine lot

The vaccine lot subset contains lot numbers (assigned by the manufacturer to each vaccine batch) and expiry dates (indicating the manufacturer’s expiration date) for all vaccines authorized for use in Canada. Where available, each lot number is linked to its corresponding Health Canada issued unique Drug Identification Number (DIN) and SNOMED CT tradename concept (representing the vaccine brand name).

Antigen / Immunoglobulin / Antitoxin

The antigen/immunoglobulin/antitoxin subset includes reference codes for antigens (active ingredients triggering an immune response), immunoglobulins (antibodies produced in response to pathogens), and antitoxins (antibodies neutralizing toxins) found in authorized vaccines in Canada. This subset is an extension of the Pan-Canadian Immunization Reference Sets Antigen Code and Immunoglobulin Code subset developed by Canada Health Infoway.

Vaccine-preventable disease

The vaccine-preventable disease subset provides code references to vaccine-preventable diseases. This subset is a direct extension of the Canadian SNOMED CT Reference Sets developed by Canada Health Infoway, facilitating links between Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Tradename (Tradename Code) and Generic (Generic Agent Code) subsets.

Associated subsets

Forecast status

The forecast status subset represents an individual’s status with respect to their immunization guideline as of evaluation date. This is a direct extension of the Canadian SNOMED CT Reference Sets developed by Canada Health Infoway.

Immunization healthcare provider occupation

The immunization healthcare provider occupation subset describes occupations that are used to capture healthcare providers that administer immunizations. The subset has been curated specifically to capture only relevant healthcare provider occupations. This subset is a direct extension of the Canadian SNOMED CT Reference Sets developed by Canada Health Infoway.

Immunization route of administration

The immunization route of administration subset describes the path the administered immunization takes to get into the body. The subset has been curated specifically to capture only routes of administration relevant to immunization. This is a direct extension of the Canadian SNOMED CT Reference Sets developed by Canada Health Infoway.

Product status

The product status refers to the current status of the vaccine as determined by Health Canada. The product status information is updated through Health Canada’s Drug Product Database.

Administrative gender

The administrative gender subset includes the gender (representing the sex at birth) of a person used for immunization administrative purposes (as opposed to clinical gender, representing the gender identity that an individual identifies with). These administrative genders are derived from the HL7 Reference Sets available on Canada Health Infoway.

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