P.E.I.’s Chief Public Health Officer is urging Islanders to ensure their immunizations are all up to date as it is the best way to safeguard themselves and those around them.
Dr. Heather Morrison said deciding to be vaccinated is one of the most important decisions individuals can make to protect their health.
“Immunization remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. By keeping up-to-date with vaccines, Islanders can stay healthy and also protect vulnerable people, both young and old, in our communities.”
National Immunization Awareness Week runs April 20-27 to recognize the important role vaccines play in preserving and protecting public health. Immunizations are provided throughout all stages of life.
The World Health Organization estimates that immunization prevents between 2-3 million deaths every year. It is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions in the last 50 years.
Islanders are encouraged to:
- Check the P.E.I. Childhood Immunization Program and the Adult Immunization Program and/or contact a local public health unit or health-care provider to see if vaccinations are up-to-date or if there are any new vaccines available for their age or condition.
- Take the P.E.I. Self-Assessment Tool to see what immunizations are recommended.
- Download the CANImmunize app on their smartphone or tablet to keep track of immunization records. The app send a notification when someone is due for an immunization.
- Talk to a health-care provider six to eight weeks before travelling to another country to ensure opportunity to receive available vaccines against preventable diseases not common in Canada.
- Talk to a health-care provider to see if additional vaccinations are needed. Those with certain medical conditions may be at greater risk for some vaccine preventable diseases.