Toddler Dash Clark barely makes a fuss when he gets his 18-month
immunization shots. The blonde, curly haired boy is soon doing what he loves
best, playing with toy trucks and then sleeping.
Dash’s parents, Stacey, 29, and Josh, 35, want to make sure their son is
protected against infectious diseases and that he doesn’t pass them along to
others. So they follow the routine immunization schedule in Alberta. They
know immunization works, can be trusted and is safe.
Why vaccines are safe
Next to clean drinking water, nothing saves more lives than vaccines.
Vaccines are rigorously tested and retested and tested once more before they
are approved for human use. Then they are carefully reviewed before being
distributed by provincial, national and international health organizations.
A century ago, we were defenceless against infectious diseases
such as mumps, measles and polio. Then came immunization,
a virtual armour that’s one of the greatest health advances of
all time. As Mike Fisher and Terry Bullick write, the memories
of many infectious diseases may be fading, but the need for
immunization remains as strong as ever
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