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News Release

Reminding residents to ensure they are up-to-date on immunizations this National Immunization Awareness Week

WHITBY, ON April 21, 2016 - Durham Region Health Department will mark National Immunization Awareness Week, April 24 to April 30, by highlighting three online resources to help residents track their family’s vaccinations.

“Following the Ontario Immunization Schedule correctly and receiving vaccines at the right time is an important part of staying healthy and preventing disease,” explained Jaime Verastegui, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “These online resources and apps can help residents remember which vaccines they need and when to get them.” Three reliable resources for vaccination information include:

Durham Healthy Families Facebook and Twitter pages

These webpages provide engaging and interesting facts about immunization in addition to addressing other health topics. Each Tuesday, posts specifically address the topic of vaccines and a nurse is available online to answer questions from residents. Questions can be posted on the Facebook page wall or sent by private message.

ImmunizeCA app

This app helps families track their immunizations. It’s personalized and provides vaccine information for all ages, as well as travelers.  Appointment reminders and local outbreak alerts are also two useful features in this tool. A link to the ImmunizeCA app can be found at durham.ca/immunize or it can be downloaded from iTunes, GooglePlay or BlackBerry World.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Facebook page

This page has an interactive Immunization Schedule where residents can learn about the vaccines given throughout an individual’s lifespan. This tool can also help families decide which vaccines are needed based on the age of the person. This tool can be found on the MOHLTC Facebook page under the schedule tab.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, vaccines have saved more lives in the last century than any other health intervention. “The diseases that can be prevented by vaccines still exist and can have serious health effects,” said Mr. Verastegui. “In the past few years there have been cases of measles, mumps and pertussis in Durham Region, and throughout Canada. Even one case of measles can spread quickly when people are not vaccinated. Residents can protect themselves and help reduce the spread of disease by keeping immunizations up-to-date.”

For more information on immunization call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, or visit durham.ca/immunize.

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 or glendene.collins@durham.ca

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

For more information, please contact Health Department.