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Public Health Ontario has released the latest estimates for immunization coverage and Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA)-antigen exemptions at the Health Unit level. The following is a brief summary of the key findings relevant to Windsor and Essex County (WEC).
Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects that are usually mild and brief. Most children are fine after getting a shot. Side effects are usually minimal and last less than 24 hours. In rare cases, a child may have a serious allergic reaction. The risks of a serious reaction happening are lower than the risks of the diseases the shots prevent. After your child receives a vaccination (shot), your child will be asked to wait for 15 minutes to make sure that there are no side effects.
Whooping cough is also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract.
Anyone of any age can get the hepatitis B vaccine. People of certain high risk categories are able to receive the provincially funded vaccine through our Health Unit.
Invasive pneumococcal disease is a sudden and serious illness caused by a bacteria called streptococcus pneumonia.
Tetanus is often known as “lockjaw”, and is spread by a bacteria. The bacteria lives in dirt, soil and dust. It may also be in human and animal stool (poop) and sometimes in animal saliva (spit).
Please be advised that the Vaccine Distribution Program at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be undergoing a change to our inventory database and vaccines will not be available for distribution from June 22 to July 17.
Measles is a virus that’s very contagious. Most people recover from infection, but measles can have serious complications and lead to long-term health problems.