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Public Service Announcement

Are your immunizations up-to-date?

Apr 25, 2014
National Immunization Awareness Week April 26 - May 3, is an opportunity to celebrate one of history’s greatest public health stories and to learn more about immunization. It’s also a good time to make sure your family’s immunizations are up to date.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – National Immunization Awareness Week April 26 - May 3, is an opportunity to celebrate one of history’s greatest public health stories and to learn more about immunization. It’s also a good time to make sure your family’s immunizations are up to date.

New this year, all students attending primary or secondary school this fall will need to have proof of immunization against three more diseases: meningococcal disease, whooping cough and, for children born in 2010 or later, chickenpox. If you don’t know your child’s immunization status, check with your health care provider, or call the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. You can easily update your child’s immunizations online by filling out the health unit’s online child immunization form.

Because immunization cards sometimes go missing or we forget when we were vaccinated, a new mobile app – ImmunizeCA – has been developed to help Canadians keep track of their immunizations. The ImmunizeCA app is free and bilingual.

A recent case of measles locally, as well as outbreaks in other areas of Canada, highlight the need for up-to-date immunizations. For measles, it’s recommended:

  • that everyone born in 1970 or after have two measles immunizations at least four weeks apart, with the first one given at one year of age at the earliest;
  • that anyone born before 1970 and travelling have one dose of measles immunization – high vaccination rates in Canada mean that Canadians are well protected against measles at home, but that’s not the case in other areas of the world where measles is widespread;
  • that people make sure all their immunizations are up-to-date.

Adults born before 1970 are assumed to be immune due to previous infection.

For more information, please contact Health Connection, free confidential health information and advice at your fingertips, by calling 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  or connecting through Facebook or Twitter. You can find the online child immunization form and a link to the ImmunizeCA app at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.


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