Ottawa, April 29, 2015 – CHEO, children's hospital in Canada's capital, and its physicians will be issuing a call to action today — during National Immunization Awareness Week — urging parents and community members to spread the facts about the benefits of immunization.
CHEO’s physicians are asking Canadians to ‘Spread the facts, not infection’ via an online petition and Facebook/Twitter ( #spreadfacts). Parents can find useful facts at www.spreadfacts.ca.
“We are rising to our responsibility to make sure the facts are out there,” says Dr. Lindy Samson, CHEO’s chief of infectious diseases. “It’s time for us to battle the misinformation and encourage all health care providers across Canada to do the same.”
Vaccinations save lives. To give their kids a healthy start, one of the most important things parents can do is to make sure their children receive their vaccinations in a timely manner, say CHEO’s doctors. By choosing to vaccinate their children, parents are protecting not only their own child’s life, but those of people in their community.
"Vaccinations are safe and effective in protecting us from many serious diseases. I urge Canadians to protect themselves, their families and their communities. Get the facts about vaccination from reliable sources and get vaccinated," stated the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health.
“CHEO is urging all community members to take a stand and be part of the solution by spreading the facts,” says Alex Munter, CHEO’s CEO. “Our doctors and nurses want to give parents accurate information about vaccinations so that they can do what is best for their children.”
“While Ottawa is a community with generally good rates of immunization coverage, recent measles outbreaks in Canada and the U.S. have shown us that diseases that were once eradicated in North America continue to be a real threat,” said Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health. “Vaccines are the best protection against the spread of these types of infectious diseases in our community.”
Now anyone can show their support and share positive information about vaccinations by going to the website and signing on to change the conversation about vaccinations. The campaign and microsite were designed by Soshal, which did the work pro bono.
"CHEO has been a long-time partner of Soshal's, and a very important member of our community. When they approached us about the vaccination initiative, we jumped at the chance to create a website that communicates an important message to all Canadians,” says Dave Hale, founder and CEO of Soshal.
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is Canada’s capital pediatric hospital and helps over 500,000 children and youth each year. CHEO has more than 2,500 doctors, nurses and staff dedicated to providing the best possible care for the children and youth of Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario.
CHEO works closely with the University of Ottawa as a teaching hospital and fosters groundbreaking research through the CHEO Research Institute. CHEO’s vision is to change young lives in our community, while our innovation changes young lives around the world. www.cheo.on.ca
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