Here are three important reasons to vaccinate.
Vaccines have saved more lives in Canada than any other medical intervention in the past 50 years. Before vaccines were available, many Canadians died from diseases that we can now prevent. Vaccines also prevent diseases that are seldom deadly but can cause pain and permanent disability.
Many of the diseases vaccines prevent are now rarely seen in Canada, largely because of vaccine programs. But the germs that cause these diseases still exist, and some of these diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough), measles and mumps still occur in small numbers in Canada. If vaccination rates drop, these small numbers of diseases could quickly become outbreaks and epidemics of disease. We have seen this happen in other countries: