Tuesday, April 16, 2013
This Won't Hurt A Bit
World Immunization Week April 20-27
Released by Fraser Health Authority/Voice file photo Dr Paul Vanbuynder
n advance of World Immunization Awareness Week, Fraser Health is reminding the public about the importance of ensuring immunizations of both adults and children are up-to-date.
World Immunization Awareness Week aims to promote one of the world's most powerful tools for health - the use of vaccines to protect, or "immunize", people of all ages against disease.
Immunizations work by introducing a small amount of a weakened or dead disease germ into the body; these cause the body to build antibodies to fight the germ, which creates immunity from the disease itself. The only other way the body can make antibodies to ward off disease is by actually suffering from the illness itself, which is far more dangerous than receiving a vaccine.
common misconception, vaccines do not cause illness or death. They
are developed in accordance with the highest standards and are
continually monitored for safety and effectiveness.
In Canada, they now cause less than 5% of all deaths - thanks to immunization programs across the country. However, vaccine-preventable diseases do still exist in other parts of the world and can be brought into Canada through travel. Therefore, it is vital for all people to ensure their immunizations are up-to-date.
antibodies remain with us for many years, our bodies sometimes
require helper - or booster - shots, to remind the system how to
fight off a particular germ. For instance, a Tetanus booster is
required every 10 years.
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