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Canadian Paediatric Society

CPS reminds parents of importance of vaccination

Mar 24 2014

OTTAWA—In light of recent outbreaks the Canadian Paediatric Society reminds parents and the public about the importance of timely vaccination. Vaccination is the best way to protect children and youth against many dangerous diseases.

While most Canadian children are immunized on time, as many as 20 per cent of parents remain hesitant, have concerns about immunization, delay immunizations or outright refuse recommended vaccines.

“Vaccines are safe and effective. By deciding not to vaccinate you expose your child, family, and even the wider community to risk,” said Dr. Andrew Lynk, President of the Canadian Paediatric Society. “Because of vaccination, today’s generation of parents haven’t seen diseases like measles or meningitis, but it’s important they understand these remain a very real threat.”

Parents who think their child has been exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease such as measles should call their doctor immediately. If they go to the emergency room or a doctor’s office, they should let the receptionist know, as a child with a severely contagious illness should not wait in the same room as other children. 

For more information visit: www.cps.ca/en/issues-questions/immunization. Information about which vaccines your child or teen needs, the illnesses they protect against and overall vaccine safety visit is also available at www.caringforkids.cps.ca.

About the Canadian Paediatric Society

The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national advocacy association that promotes the health needs of children and youth. Founded in 1922, the CPS represents more than 3,000 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists and other child health professionals across Canada.

Last updated: Mar 24 2014