As cases of measles continue to spread across the United States, the Canadian Paediatric Society is reminding parents about the importance of timely immunization. Vaccination is the best way to protect children and youth against many diseases, including measles.
While most Canadian kids are immunized on time, the society says up to 20 per cent of parents 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. Robert Moriartey, President of the Canadian Paediatric Society. “Because of vaccination, today’s generation of parents hasn’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 beforehand, as a child with a severely contagious illness should not wait in the same room as other children.