Working with partners to help increase demand for and enhance access to vaccination
OTTAWA, April 26, 2017/CNW/ - Vaccination is one of the most important advances in public health and has, over the past 50 years, led to the elimination, containment and control of diseases that were once very common in Canada. Vaccinations
Today, during National Immunization Awareness Week, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced close to $1.7 million in Immunization Partnership Fund funding for three new projects that aim to increase vaccination coverage in Canada. The projects are being led by the Prince Edward Island Department of Health and Wellness, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Minister Philpott also announced $1.2 million in funding for six research projects aimed to improve Canada's ability to identify under- and un-immunized populations in Canada. The objective is to identify barriers to vaccination access and uptake, with particular emphasis on the vaccination coverage of women of reproductive age, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as newcomers to Canada. The Improved Immunization Coverage Initiative is being led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada.
These Immunization Partnership Fund and Improved Immunization Coverage Initiative projects were funded as part of the Government of Canada's $25 million investment outlined in Budget 2016 to increase vaccination coverage across Canada.
"Vaccinations save lives. Thanks to vaccines, serious and often devastating vaccine-preventable diseases are no longer the norm in Canada. Still, not enough Canadians are being vaccinated and the reasons why are complex. These projects will help us understand why people are not getting their vaccines and will create the tools to help increase coverage rates." Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
Vaccinating our children is one of the best things we can do to help protect our families from serious diseases; however, immunization goes beyond childhood. At every age, vaccination provides the longest-lasting, most effective protection against disease. In Prince Edward Island we are dedicated to improving adult immunization rates and further protecting our residents. Robert HendersonMinister of Health and WellnessPrince Edward Island
"In addition to keeping up-to-date with all their regular vaccinations, women of child-bearing age should be vaccinated against certain diseases such as rubella before they get pregnant. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada will be surveying health care providers and the public to better understand the information gaps in order to provide tools to get this message out." Dr. Jennifer BlakeChief Executive Officer, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Backgrounder: New Projects Funded under the Immunization Partnership Fund Information on Improved Immunization Coverage Initiative Projects:
Vaccine coverage in Canadian children: Highlights from the 2013 Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey (cNICS)Vaccine uptake in Canadian adults: results from the 2014 adult National Immunization Coverage Survey
Adult and Child Immunization in PEI Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living: Immunization Immunization and Vaccines
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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