The Motivational Interviewing in the Maternity Ward for the Immunization of Children (EMMIE) Program is a provincial program to promote vaccination. The aim of the program is to improve the health of children in Québec by promoting vaccination for them.
The Program consists of providing parents with a personalized session to discuss vaccination when their child is born. This session will allow an open dialogue to be established between the immunization counsellor and the parents.
Participation in the EMMIE Program is voluntary.
Any parent whose child is born in one of the participating institutions can receive a visit from the immunization counsellor free of charge.
If your child is born in one of the participating institutions, an immunization counsellor will come to see you before you leave the hospital. You don’t have to do anything in particular for this visit to take place.
Discussing vaccination with the immunization counsellor can help you with your reflection by providing you with new information. If you want, the immunization counsellor can recommend reliable documents or websites that you can consult to find out more about vaccination. He or she will answer your questions and give you the recommended immunization schedule for your child.
If you want, the immunization counsellor will tell you about the procedure to follow to have your child vaccinated.
List of Participating Institutions
The EMMIE Program will be implemented in the maternity wards of 13 hospitals in Québec at the end of 2017. Participating institutions were selected based on their annual number of births. Every year, over half the births in Québec take place in these 13 hospitals.
Region 03 – Capitale-Nationale
Region 05 - Estrie
Region 06 - Montréal
Region 13 - Laval
Region 14 - Lanaudière
Region 16 - Montégérie
Phase 1 of the EMMIE Program will begin at the end of 2017. It will include monitoring and evaluation measures. These measures will be used to continuously evaluate whether or not the program is achieving the objectives and make any necessary adjustments. The Program will eventually be implemented in all other hospitals in Québec where births take place.
Last update: October 16, 2017