York Region acknowledges National Immunization Awareness Week April 21 to 28
NEWMARKET – During National Immunization Awareness Week April 21 to 28, The Regional Municipality of York encourages residents to protect their health and the world around them by keeping immunizations up to date.
Immunizations typically begin at two months old and continue into adulthood. Children receive many immunizations to protect them from serious diseases, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, poliomyelitis and tetanus. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children receive all of Ontario’s recommended publicly funded immunizations.
It is not just children who need immunizations. Depending on age, health, occupation, lifestyle and travel plans, adults may need to be immunized to stay as healthy as possible.
Did you know?
• Throughout history, immunization has saved more lives and prevented more disabilities than any other medical discovery
• Only 100 years ago, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death worldwide – today, we rarely see any of these illnesses in Canada because of immunization.
• In the 20th century, smallpox killed about 300 million people, but was eliminated by 1978 due to immunization and awareness campaigns
• During the past century, immunizations have helped North Americans live about 30 years longer
• Vaccines have an excellent record of safety and benefits of immunization far outweigh possible low risks
York Region provides a variety of immunizations to local residents through community flu clinics held every fall, monthly immunization clinics for school-aged children and in-school vaccinations for Grade 7 and 8 students. In 2011, 7,642 flu shots were administered at local community clinics and 37,870 immunizations were administered to local students for Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Human papillomavirus, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, pertussis, measles, mumps and rubella.
National Immunization Awareness Week is a Canada-wide event held annually during late April. For more information, please visit www.immunize.ca
For more information on immunization or for community immunization clinic dates, times and locations, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/immunization
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