Adult Immunization Clinic offered today at Sky Centre

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Adults encouraged to see if their immunizations are up to date

Adult Immunization Clinic offered on April 28

As a kickoff event to National Immunization Awareness Week, the Cypress Health Region is hosting a day long clinic at the Sky Centre asking adults if they are up to day with their immunizations.

An Adult Immunization Clinic is being hosted until 6 p.m. today, with Public Health Nurses on site to provide Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis and Pnemococcal immunizations for those who qualify.

Individuals are invited to stop into the clinic where a nurse can check to see if your immunizations are up to date or if you are eligible for a vaccine.

A press release from Immunize Canada notes that the recent measles outbreaks across Canada are a reminded that infectious diseases still pose a serious threat. Both infants and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to many vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications.

During National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW), Immunize Canada calls upon all Canadians to protect themselves and others by staying up to date with their immunizations.

“Immunizations are safe, effective, and benefit people of all ages,” says Dr. Susan Bowles, Chair of Immunize Canada. “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 is also promoting a new app which allows Canadians to keep track of their immunizations. The app, ImmunizeCA, was developed by Immunize Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

“The new ImmunizeCA app provides access to recommended immunization schedules, reliable, expert-approved, bilingual information about immunizations, as well as useful tools such as appointment reminders, and local outbreak alert notifications,” says Dr. Shelly McNeil, Vice-Chair of Immunize Canada. The app is easy to use and ideal for Canadians constantly on the go. It is available for secure, free download at the App Store, Google Play and Blackberry World. All can be accessed online at immunize.ca/app.

Organizations: Immunize Canada, Sky Centre, Canadian Public Health Association Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Public Health Agency of Canada

Geographic location: Swift Current, Canada

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