Are Your Family’s Vaccinations Up-To-Date?

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Friendly nurse in clinic speaking to a mother holding her toddler daughter, discussing childhood vaccination optionsAs children grow up, their parents try to do everything in their power to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. According to the World Health Organization, one of the most cost-effective health investments is to have your kids vaccinated and ensure their vaccines are up to date.1 And by being vaccinated yourself, you can do your part to keep your children, all children, and other at-risk people in your community, safe from vaccine-preventable illnesses too.3

Did you know that by ensuring routine childhood vaccinations you could protect your child from 14 diseases before the age of two?1 Because so many of these diseases and illnesses aren’t seen first-hand in our communities thanks to vaccination, it can be hard for parents to understand the risks their children face if they choose to go unvaccinated. Even one case of measles can spread quickly when people are not vaccinated, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Regardless of the prevalence of recent outbreaks in your area, ensure your family’s health by keeping your vaccines up-to-date.2

Vaccination works best when they are administered on-time, beginning when your child is very young. Canada’s vaccination schedule is designed to protect children before they have been exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases.1 Because young children are more at-risk for serious complications of certain diseases, they are vaccinated at a very young age to give them the most protection as early as possible.2

To receive full protection, children must be vaccinated in multiple stages, and some vaccines need to be administered more than once to boost children’s immune systems. It’s important to keep track of your child’s vaccinations so you can always be prepared to provide proof that they are up-to-date. For example, in certain areas, schools and daycares may request proof of vaccination before allowing admittance to help prevent the spread of serious diseases.2

Most routine vaccines are available free of charge across Canada, but immunization schedules vary across the country so speak with your healthcare provider to find out what’s best for your child. You can also visit our Routine Vaccines category or download the CANImmunize app to get the facts about the vaccination schedules for each province and territory. Visit www.canimmunize.ca to learn more about the CANImmunize app developed by Dr. Kumanan Wilson and his team at The Ottawa Hospital.

REFERENCES:

  1. World Health Organization. Health Topics: Immunization. http://www.who.int/topics/immunization/en/
  2. Government of Canada. Not Just for Kids. An Adult Guide to Vaccination. http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/pamphlet-adult-guide-vaccination-adultes-brochure/index-eng.php PDF: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/pamphlet-adult-guide-vaccination-adultes-brochure/alt/pub-eng.pdf
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Protect Your Baby with Immunization. https://www.cdc.gov/features/infantimmunization/
  4. Government of Canada. A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination. https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/publications/healthy-living/parent-guide-vaccination/pgi-gpv-eng.pdf