(Brampton) – One hundred years ago, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in Canada. Today, thanks to immunization programs, they cause less than five per cent of all deaths across the country. National Immunization Awareness Week, celebrated across Canada from April 22 to 28, 2007, recognizes the successes and benefits of immunization.
"Vaccinations are some of the most important public health achievements of the last century, having saved more lives in Canada in the last 50 years than any other health intervention," said Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. "Unfortunately, some people do not have accurate information about vaccines and choose not to have themselves or their children immunized. By doing that they are putting themselves and others at a greater risk for illness."
Immunizations, also called vaccinations, are a safe and effective way to prevent many serious diseases. Since vaccines were introduced around the world, the number of cases each year of some childhood illnesses, such as polio and diphtheria, has decreased drastically. Vaccines have protected millions of people from deadly diseases and saved thousands of lives.
Peel Public Health's immunization website – immunizepeel.ca – provides accurate information on: vaccinations recommended for children and adults, instructions on how to update your child’s immunization records, vaccinations for newcomers to Canada, fact sheets on vaccines, travel vaccinations and much more.
Parents and guardians can maximize the benefits of immunization programs and help to ensure the continued health of the community by reporting their children’s immunization records to Peel Public Health. Parents can report this information by:
- calling 905-799-7700
- faxing your child’s records to 905-458-9217 (Attention: Immunization)
- mailing or delivering it in person to:
Peel Public Health, 44 Peel Centre Dr., Ste. 102, Brampton, ON L6T 4B5
(located at Queen Street and Dixie Road)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Remember to keep immunization records in a safe place with your other important documents.
For more information on immunization, please call Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit immunizepeel.ca.