With the re-emergence of measles in several Canadian communities, it is more important than ever to get the facts about immunization. Diseases such as this are highly contagious and can lead to serious health problems, permanent disability, and even death. Vaccination is still the best way to prevent such diseases; in addition it helps protect those around us who may have compromised immune systems and are not able to receive the vaccine.
To mark National Immunization Awareness Week, The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) would appreciate your help in raising awareness about vaccines and immunization. Please feel welcome to pass this information on to your organization’s members, post on your website, and share through social media or on bulletin boards.
Information, tips, and links:
- Visit Canada.ca for an overview of information and resources, as well as links to other useful sites.
- Check out the Vaccination for Children section to find information for parents, caregivers and health professionals.
- Learn about the benefits of vaccination for you and your baby before, during and after pregnancy.
- Find out about Vaccine safety, including benefits, myths, safety regulations and reports, and the side effects of immunization.
- Visit the Travel Health and Safety page for travel health notices, as well as recommended vaccines for travellers and how to find vaccination clinics.
- Download CANImmunize, a free mobile vaccine application tool that will help you manage your family's vaccination records.
Over the last 50 years, immunization has saved more lives than any other health measure. Thank you for helping to spread the word about this important subject.