Immunization awareness week encourages vaccination
National Immunization Awareness Week runs April 20 – 27, 2019 to recognize the important role vaccines play in preserving and protecting public health.
PEI’s Chief Public Health Office urges Islanders to ensure their immunizations are all up-to-date as it is the best way to safeguard yourself and help protect those around you.
“One of the most important decisions individuals can make to protect their health is the decision to get immunized,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, PEI’s Chief Public Health Officer. “Immunization remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. By keeping up to date with vaccines, Islanders can stay healthy and also protect vulnerable people– both young and old, in our communities.”
The World Health Organization estimates that immunization prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year. It is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions in the last 50 years.
Immunizations are provided throughout all stages of your life.
What you can do to protect yourself and your family:
- Checkout the PEI Childhood Immunization Program and the Adult Immunization Program and/or contact your local public health unit or health care provider to see if your vaccinations are up-to-date or if there are any new vaccines available for your age or condition.
- Take the PEI Self-Assessment Tool to see what immunizations are recommended for you.
- Download the CANImmunize app on your smartphone or tablet to keep track of immunization records for you and your entire family. The App will notify you when you or your family member is due for their next immunization.
- Talk to your health care provider six to eight weeks before you travel to another country to ensure that you have the opportunity to receive available vaccines against preventable diseases that are not common in Canada.
- Talk to your health care provider to see if you have a medical condition and would benefit from additional vaccinations. If you have certain medical conditions, you may be at greater risk for some vaccine preventable diseases.
During National Immunization Awareness Week remember that everyone has a responsibility to ensure they or their family members are protected from serious diseases through the power of immunization. Strengthen your defense today. Get immunized!
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