Rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion pro­tects you and your fam­ily

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR - Cour­tesy Al­berta Health Ser­vices

With Septem­ber just around the corner, Al­berta Health Ser­vices (AHS) is re­mind­ing Al­ber­tans to make sure im­mu­niza­tion is on your back-to-schoolchec­k­list for your child.

“By fol­low­ing a rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion sched­ule, you and your child will be im­mu­nized against dis­eases at the safest and most ef­fec­tive ages and stages,” says Dr. Vivien Sut­torp, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health, South Zone. “This means you and your child will get the max­i­mum pos­si­ble pro­tec­tion.”

AHS pro­vides free, rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion for in­fants and chil­dren who live in Al­berta.

By the age of four, chil­dren should re­ceive the dTap-IPV and MMR-Var vac­cines, which pro­tect against diph­the­ria, te­tanus, per­tus­sis (whoop­ing cough), po­lio, measles, mumps, rubella and vari­cella (chick­en­pox).

“Im­mu­niza­tion is safe, im­mu­niza­tion is ef­fec­tive and im­mu­niza­tion pro­tects whole com­mu­ni­ties. The more peo­ple who are fully im­mu­nized in a com­mu­nity, the safer every­one is,” says Dr. Sut­torp.

Leth­bridge Com­mu­nity Health is open Mon­day to Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for im­mu­niza­tion ap­point­ments. To book an ap­point­ment, please call: 403-388-6666. If you have any ques­tions about your child’s im­mu­niza­tion sta­tus, please speak with a pub­lic health nurse or call Health Link at 811.

Medicine Hat Com­mu­nity Health is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, and 8 a.m. -- 6:30 p.m. Tues­day. To book an ap­point­ment, please call 403-502-8200.

To find Com­mu­nity Health lo­ca­tions and hours in your com­mu­nity, visit In­form Al­berta, https:// in­for­mal­berta.ca/pub­lic/com­mon/viewSub­list. do?cartId=1014853 or call Health Link at 811.

Child­hood rou­tine im­mu­niza­tion sched­ules can be found at im­mu­nizeal­berta.ca.

Al­berta Health Ser­vices is the provin­cial health au­thor­ity re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning and de­liv­er­ing health sup­ports and ser­vices for more than four mil­lion adults and chil­dren liv­ing in Al­berta.

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