EXPANSION of Ontario Immunization Program
Starting August 8, 2011 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) will be enhancing the publicly funded immunization program.
Addition of Two New Vaccines:
- A new oral rotavirus vaccine to protect infants against rotavirus, which causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration
- A combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella (MMRV) vaccine that will reduce the number of immunizations a child needs. Varicella is currently given as a stand-alone vaccine
The expansion of existing vaccines:
- A second childhood dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine to enhance protection against chicken pox
- One dose of pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine to adults age 19-64, who often pass this highly-contagious disease to infants and children.
In addition, the new schedule will include the Pneumococcal Conjugate -13 vaccine (Prevnar®13) that was announced late last year.
For more detailed information, click here or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
News release: http://www.news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2011/05/ontario-expands-immunization-program.html
MOHLTC Immunization website:http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization/
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