NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS WEEK (APRIL 22-29, 2017)
National Immunization Awareness Week is a week in Canada to profile the importance of immunization by increasing public awareness that many diseases are effectively and safely controlled by vaccinations. In the last week of April every year, Canada joins other countries of the world and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
What is immunization?
Immunization is the process of getting protection from a disease by receiving a vaccine. Once a vaccine is introduced to the immune system, antibodies are made and will stay in your body to prevent getting that particular disease.
In Canada, each province or territory has a childhood immunization schedule. Is it also important to know that adults may require booster shots to maintain their protection, as not all vaccines provide lifelong immunity. For example, to be protected against Tetanus disease, a booster dose is required every 10 years so it may be time for you to make an appointment for yourself too!
In Alberta, we have an awesome website with links that have great information about how immunizations work, risks and safety of vaccines, what the routine immunization schedule is, disease and vaccine information and more.
For all parents, especially for new moms and dads who have not brought their little one for their first vaccination appointment yet (around 2 months of age), I highly recommend browsing this website.
There is a free app you can download to keep track of immunization records on their smartphones Other neat features of this app is that it can send you reminders on when it is time to vaccination again and alerts on nearby infectious disease outbreaks. There is also reliable information about immunizations and a new kids section with games and videos to help them learn too!
If you want to learn more about how to prepare for immunization appointments, you can check out my previous post.
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