15 Aug Ontario gives its immunization schedule a boost

Starting August 2011, the Ontario government is expanding the immunization schedule to better protect infants and children from serious infectious diseases.

The expanded program includes:

  • A new oral rotavirus vaccine to protect infants against rotavirus – a disease that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration and lead to the hospitalization of over 1,500 infants and children in Ontario over the past four years.
  • A second childhood dose of varicella vaccine to enhance protection against chicken pox.
  • A booster pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine for adults age 19-64, who often pass this highly-contagious disease to infants and children.

Attached is a fact sheet that provides information about the expanded program, the diseases and the importance of immunization.

For more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/vaccines