April 22nd to 29th is National Immunization Awareness Week.
Are you up-to-date with your immunizations? Contact the Health Unit or speak with your Health Care Provider to make sure that you are.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is an infection that affects the throat and lungs. The bacteria are spread through coughing and sneezing. People with pertussis can have severe coughing fits making it hard to breathe. Coughing can last from 6 to 12 weeks. Infants are at higher risk of getting pertussis and complications from the infection. Getting vaccinated, covering your cough with a tissue or sleeve, washing your hands often, and staying home when you're sick are ways to protect yourself and others.
Since September 15, 2016, Ontario has been offering the shingles vaccine free of charge to seniors between the ages of 65 and 70 as part of its publicly funded immunization program. Please speak with your health care provide since the shingles vaccine is not offered at Health Unit clinics.
Please note: We do not provide Yellow Fever vaccine or antimalarials.
The Health Unit is unable to administer vaccines that are not dispensed by the Health Unit. We recommend that clients return to the Health Care Provider who prescribed the vaccine, to have it administered.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), is comprised of experts from various backgrounds including: pediatrics, immunology, infectious diseases, and public health. The committee provides advice to the Public Health Agency of Canada and also provides recommendations and statements for vaccine usage and high risk populations. NACI recommendations along with recommendations from the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT), can also be found in the Canadian Immunization Guide. The Canadian Immunization Guide provides extensive information regarding vaccines, vaccine safety and the vaccination of specific populations.