Importance of immunization stressed as school begins

Provincial Health Officer, Doctor Perry Kendall, is out with his annual reminder for parents, to start the school year with an up-to-date immunization schedule.

He says, “By the time a child reaches five or six years old, he or she should have received booster shots that protect against, measles, polio, chicken pox, whooping cough and more,” and he adds, “kids in grades six and nine should receive follow-up vaccinations.”

Doctor Kendall believes over the past 50 years, childhood immunization has been one of the primary keys, to saving young lives and preventing illness.

“Being up to date with your child’s immunizations is really critically important. It will protect your child, but also importantly the community, and it will protect children who themselves aren’t able to be vaccinated because of some underlying medical condition.”

All that said, parents are reminded to check with the local public health unit or their health care provider to see if any shots are missing in a family immunization schedule.

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