National Immunization Awareness Week

Vaccines work! Join us in celebrating National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW).

 The World Health Organization estimates vaccines help prevent two to three million deaths each year.  The Cypress Health Region is using National Immunization Awareness Week to remind the public about the importance of receiving available vaccinations and the importance of keeping these vaccinations up to date.

One of the most important decisions individuals can make to protect their health is the decision to get vaccinated. This year’s National Immunization Awareness Week is being celebrated from April 22-29 and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of how some of the world’s most preventable and sometimes devastating diseases are kept from resurfacing through the effectiveness of vaccination.

Ironically, the very success of immunizations has caused some to forget that vaccine-preventable diseases can resurface and cause serious complications and some can be life threatening. Most Canadians don’t know what it’s like to live in a time and place where diseases are common. However, by choosing not to vaccinate our children or ourselves, we are giving these diseases an opportunity to re-emerge.

“Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives” explained Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer for the Cypress Health Region. “The vaccines used to prevent illnesses like measles, mumps, and polio are heavily researched and tested and have been proven to be safe and effective.”  Dr. Torr states “receiving your immunizations is truly the best way to protect yourself and others from vaccine preventable illnesses”.

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.

For more information pelase visit www.immunize.ca/niaw.