The Interior Health Authority is reminding residents that they can play an important role in stopping the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.
IHA states that when people stop immunizing, diseases come back and that becomes especially risky for those who may be more vulnerable like young children, seniors, and people with certain medical conditions or compromised immune systems.
“This year we saw an increase in cases of whooping cough (pertussis) here in Interior Health and some parts of our province experienced significant outbreaks,” said Dr. Rob Parker, medical health officer.
“This is an important reminder that we need to keep our immunization rates high to help prevent outbreaks like this from happening.”
Parker says vaccines don’t just prevent diseases, but they also reduce the possibility of serious complications with vaccine-preventable diseases.
“Mumps, measles, and rubella viruses can lead to potentially deadly complications like pneumonia and encephalitis,” he said.
“The main side effects associated with getting vaccines are minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever. The likelihood of having a serious side effect from a vaccine is extremely small. The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks.”
For more information, go to www.immunizeBC.ca.