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Immunizing your child with vaccines in Canada

What Is Immunization?

Most of us are familiar with the idea that children should get their vaccines (sometimes called immunizations or shots) to protect them against infectious diseases like whooping cough, polio, and measles.1

It’s hard for most of us to remember a time before we started regularly using vaccines, but older adults can still remember the scary details of polio and influenza outbreaks. It wasn’t uncommon for children to be hospitalized, crippled, or killed by infectious diseases.2

Today, it’s a different story. All Canadian parents have the choice to safeguard their children with immunization. And in Canada, it’s part of the publicly funded health care program.

But what exactly is immunization and how does it work?

Here you will find the answers to the common questions surrounding immunization. If by chance you require more information, please visit our resource centre, which will direct you to the appropriate resource.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. What is a vaccine and how does it work? Accessed February 21, 2014.
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadian Immunization Evergreen Edition. Benefits of Vaccines. Accessed February 21, 2014.