Did you know that vaccines can eliminate disease and outbreaks from a region, such as measles, rubella or polio, when enough of us get vaccinated?
Community immunity is important to stop a disease from spreading to others. The more people are vaccinated, the lower the chance of a disease outbreak. For a highly contagious disease like measles, at least 95% of people need to be immunized for community immunity to work. Community immunity protects those who can’t receive vaccines, like infants and people with weakened immune systems. Vaccination is also important for adults, especially for travelers and adults 65 years and over.
Do you have a question about vaccines? With so much information available about vaccines it can be difficult to know which information is correct and can be trusted.
Get the facts on vaccine safety and vaccine side effects for children and adults by visiting Canada.ca/vaccines.
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