National Immunization Awareness Week marks an opportunity to celebrate the success of immunization and remind Canadians about the importance of getting immunized. Before the availability of vaccines in Canada, diseases such as measles, diphtheria and polio killed many Canadians. Others were left with serious and debilitating conditions. These illnesses are now preventable by immunization.
The Government of Canada has a suite of information materials available:
ImmunizeCA, an innovative mobile vaccine application (app), can help make sure you and your family’s immunizations are up-to-date. You can download this free mobile app to stay informed and manage your own, and your family’s vaccinations.
A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination, one of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s most requested publications, helps parents understand the protection that vaccines offer.
First Nations and Inuit parents and caregivers can find helpful information on how vaccines protect your children and how to ensure they receive their immunization.
Awareness materials including a downloadable poster, infographic and video are available at canada.ca/vaccines.
Vaccines are also important when you travel outside of Canada where some diseases may be more prevalent due to lower vaccination rates or other factors.
Would you like to become more directly involved in consultation and research activities? If you want to have a say, please feel welcome to sign up for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s new stakeholder engagement registry (Consultation and Stakeholder Information Management System or CSIMS). Click on the link to find out more!