Immunization – A Conerstone of Public Health

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the evidence indicates that not all Canadians get immunized – this results in periodic outbreaks of illnesses such as measles – which is serious and can result in death or disability.1 PHAC reports that the while the majority of Canadian children are immunized against common illness such as measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis and polio, 25% of children have not received the full four recommended doses of the diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis) and tetanus vaccine by age two.2 According to Dr. Gregory Taylor, Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada, “All Canadians have a role to play in keeping vaccine-preventable diseases at bay. Speak to your health care provider if you have questions. Immunization is a cornerstone of public health – make sure you and your family are protected.”

1Public Health Agency of Canada. 2016. Message from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada: National Immunization Awareness Week April 23 to 30, 2016.

2Public Health Agency of Canada. 2016. Vaccine Coverage in Canadian Children: Results from the 2013 childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey.