Family Affair: Important To Immunize Across Lifespan

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National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is an opportunity to focus on immunization and its importance for individual and public health in Canada. Immunization has saved more lives in Canada than any other health intervention.

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This year's theme, "A Family Affair," underlines the importance of immunization across a person's lifespan. Take a moment to review your own immunization status and those of your family members. Make note of upcoming immunization schedules to ensure everyone in your family is immunized on time, and be sure to keep a record of your immunizations. It's one of the best health measures you can take to protect yourself and your family from serious diseases.

There are many factors that affect immunization needs, including occupation, foreign travel, underlying illness, and age. Children, adolescents, adults, and seniors all have varying needs for immunizations, so it is important to talk to your health care professional to learn which immunizations are recommended for you and your family.

"Vaccinating children is of critical importance to keep children healthy and on the right path to good adult health. It truly is good medicine," states Dr. Robin Williams, Medical Officer of Health, Niagara Region Public Health.

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