Chief Ava Hill signed a proclamation at Six Nations Elected Council offices this week officially acknowledging April 25 – May 2, 2015 as National Immunization Awareness Week on Six Nations of the Grand River territory.
Immunize Canada released a press release about the national week of recognition and calls upon all people to consider this week to “protect themselves and others by staying up to date with their immunizations.”
According to Dr. Susan Bowles, Chair of Immunize Canada, “Immunizations are safe, effective, and benefit people of all ages, They protect individuals and communities by preventing the spread of disease. As more people are immunized, the disease risk for everyone is reduced.”
Immunize Canada also released information on the importance of infants and the elderly being up to date with their immunizations as still developing or weakening immune systems make those individuals more likely to contract things like measles during an outbreak.
Six Nations Public Health offices are currently running a draw for any member of the community who comes in during this week to update their immunizations. All persons who update their immunizations will have their names entered into a draw to win a gift basket filled with educational toys for children up to age 6.
For more information or to book a time to update your immunizations you can call the Six Nations Public Health office at 519-445-2672.