Friday, April 24, 2015
Hit Hard by Measles
BCCD says 400 confirmed cases in the Fraser Valley last year
Released by the BC Centre for Disease Control/Voice file photo
Chilliwack General Hospital Emergency Room entrance.
ational Immunization Awareness Week (April 25 - May 2) kicks off tomorrow to celebrate the important role vaccines play in preserving and protecting public health.
Being fully up-to-date with all your shots is the best way to safeguard yourself, and also helps protect those around you.
Last year BC saw the largest measles outbreak in three decades in the Fraser Valley with more than 400 confirmed cases. This, along with other recent cases of mumps and whooping cough in BC, are a reminder that maintaining high immunization rates are essential to ensure that vaccine-preventable diseases don’t come back.
The majority of children under two are protected against 15 vaccine-preventable diseases; however, misinformation, complacency and fear have resulted in some parents choosing to skip certain vaccines for their children or avoid immunizations all together.
“Misinformation about vaccines can spread quickly, not unlike the diseases they prevent,” says Dr. Monika Naus, Director of Immunization at the BC Centre for Disease Control. “It is important that we provide the most accurate information possible so that people can make an informed and educated decision when it comes to vaccinating themselves or their children.”
BC has been on the forefront in this area with
two interactive platforms designed to educate British Columbians
about the importance of immunization and motivate them to take
action to get vaccinated.
provides the most accurate, up-to-date and fact-based information
about vaccines for the public. The site includes several interactive
features including a child vaccination calendar, health unit finder
as well as an online ‘Chat with a Nurse’ option to answer questions
from the public.
For National Immunization Awareness Week, I
Boost Immunity is going one step further. For every 1,000 points
earned by the Booster network during the week, the site will donate
funds to vaccinate one child against measles in the developing world
Shot@Life, a United Nations Foundation NGO.
The current BC immunization schedule includes vaccines that protect against 15 infectious diseases: diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, Haemophilus influenzae b, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, rotavirus and influenza.
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