It’s National Immunization Awareness Week

Prepare for the next school year by staying up to date on your child’s vaccines

National Immunization Awareness Week Poster (Photo from Canadian Pharmacists Association)

TORONTO — Today, Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement recognizing National Immunization Awareness Week:

“At the beginning of National Immunization Awareness Week, I want to take the opportunity to thank all Ontarians for taking part in the largest immunization campaign in our province’s history, and the health care workers and front-line partners that help make it happen. The COVID-19 immunization campaign continues to illustrate the importance and effectiveness of vaccination.

I am encouraging everyone to stay up to date on their immunizations, especially children who may not be caught up because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your child’s routine immunizations not only defend against serious diseases that can be spread in schools and throughout communities, but guard against unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations. Importantly, they also help protect those who cannot protect themselves, especially younger children and those who can’t be immunized.

To help ensure children are up to date, local immunization catch-up initiatives and school-based immunization clinics are occurring. If your child has missed routine immunizations or if you are unsure about which immunizations they have received, talk to your health care provider or public health unit.

With most routine vaccinations requiring more than one dose, now is the time to start thinking about preparing your children for the new school year by staying up to date on your child’s immunizations.

Thank you for continuing to protect yourself, your family and your community by staying up to date with your immunizations.”

SOURCE Ministry of Health

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