Benefits of vaccination stressed during National Immunization Week

National Immunization Awareness Week from April 20-27, highlighst the important role vaccines play in preserving and protecting public health.

A coalition of organizations, including Immunize BC and the Public Health Association of BC says about one third of BC children under the age of two are not fully protected against one or more of the vaccine preventable diseases that could seriously harm or even kill them. 

Dr. Monika Naus, Medical Director for Communicable Diseases and Immunization Service at the BC Centre for Disease Control says misinformation about vaccines can spread quickly, just like the diseases they prevent. provides the most accurate, up-to-date and fact-based information about vaccines for the public. The site includes several interactive features including a child vaccination calendar, health unit finder and an online 'Ask a Question' option to answer questions from the public.


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