Joint statement from the Minister of Health and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on Immunization and Public Awareness

OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Immunizing Canadians against preventable diseases is of the utmost importance. We continue to play an active leadership role in encouraging Canadians to get vaccinated.

Over the last 50 years, immunization has saved more lives than any other health measure. Vaccination is the best way to prevent serious diseases.  Homeopathic alternatives, such as nosodes, are not a substitute for vaccines.  There are no substitutes for vaccines.

That is why nosodes packaging is required to include the statement:  "This product is not intended to be an alternative to vaccination." There is no evidence to support their use in this way.

Canada boasts one of the highest immunization rates in the world at around 95%. We are committed to keeping these levels high and continue to reach out to Canadians who are not yet vaccinated.

We spend over $15 million per year on immunization funding. Through our efforts, the Government ensures the safety of vaccines, supports research on immunization, and promotes immunization through the National Immunization Strategy.

We urge all Canadians to get their families protected by getting vaccinated.  Become informed based on sound evidence and talk to your health provider.  A Parent's Guide to Vaccination and ImmunizeCA are tools to help parents make sure their kids are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

We will continue working with our provincial and territorial health partners to promote public awareness and the uptake of vaccines.

Everyone has a role to play. Do your part – ensure that you and your family are vaccinated.

Sincerely,

The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health

Dr. Gregory Taylor
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

 

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

For further information: Media Relations, Public Health Agency of Canada, (613) 957-2983

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