Over the last 50 years, immunization has saved more lives than any other health intervention. The fact that vaccines have been so successful, has led many of us to forget what life would be like without them – and why it is so important to continue to vaccinate.
What is a vaccine?
A vaccine consists of a tiny amount of dead or weakened germs which helps the immune system learn how to protect itself against disease.
Why we vaccinate
- Infants and young children are particularly susceptible to preventable diseases because their immune systems are less able to fight infection; and as a result, they require timely vaccination.
- Vaccines are safe and have significantly decreased, and in some cases eliminated, vaccine-preventable diseases. E.g. polio, measles, and smallpox have been eliminated.
- Vaccines saves lives.
What vaccinations does your child need?
The most current immunization schedule for Newfoundland and Labrador can be found on the Provincial Department of Health and Community Services website.
How are children immunized in Newfoundland and Labrador?
- Young children aged two months to five years receive their immunization from community health nurses. Please contact your public health nursing office for more information and to schedule an appointment.
- School-aged children are offered immunization delivered by community health nurses in special immunization clinics at schools.
- Children at high risk may be eligible for additional vaccines. For more information, please consult your community health nurse in your local public health nursing office.
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