Parents want to do everything possible to make sure their children are healthy and protected from preventable diseases. Vaccination is the best way to do that.
Vaccination protects children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.
Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
Though vaccination has led to a decline in the number of cases of several infectious diseases, some of these diseases are quite common in other countries. If children are not vaccinated, they could easily get one of these diseases from a traveler or while traveling themselves.
Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when many parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists and doctors to make sure they are safe.
Vaccination protects others you care about, including family members, friends, and grandparents. If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.
We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family members.
For more information about the immunization program contact us at 519 355 1071 ext. 5900.