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Ontario, Canada, offers 14 different vaccines through its publicly-funded immunization program, protecting against 17 preventable diseases.

Here is a list of vaccines available in Ontario’s publicly funded immunization program (before 2003, only 9 vaccines were available free of charge, which are shown as non-highlighted text):

Today – 14 Vaccines

DTaP – IPV Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio
Rotavirus Rotavirus
DTaP – IPV – Hib Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and haemophilus influenzae type b
MMR Measles, mumps and rubella
Hep B Hepatitis B
Tdap Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
Td Tetanus and diphtheria
Pneumovax 23 Pneumovax 23
Influenza Influenza
Men-C Invasive meningococcal disease
Varicella Chicken pox
Prevnar 13 Invasive pneumococcal disease
HPV Human papillomavirus
Men-C-ACYW Invasive meningococcal disease

Now, Ontario is expanding this publicly funded immunization program to provide you and your families free of charge the above vaccines plus the following vaccines which will be available from your local health care providers – such as family doctors, nurse practitioners and public health units – starting August 2011:

  • Two New Vaccines:

  1. A new oral rotavirus vaccine to protect infants against rotavirus which causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.
  2. A combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella (MMRV) vaccine that will reduce the number of immunizations a child needs. Varicella is currently given as a stand-alone vaccine.
  • Expand the Availability of Two Other Vaccines:

  1. A second childhood dose of varicella vaccine to enhance protection against chicken pox.
  2. A lifetime dose of pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine to adults age 19-64, who often pass this highly-contagious disease to infants and children.

The overall goal of expanding Ontario’s publicly funded immunization program is to to “reduce the incidence of rotavirus, chicken pox and whooping cough infections in Ontario.”

Furthermore, the positive effects of the newly expanded immunization program include:

  • Ontario families will save up to $350 per person as a result of this newly expanded immunization program.
  • Since 2003, five new vaccines are now publicly funded thanks to the government’s enhancements to the vaccine program — which means Ontario families will now save a total of more than $1400 per child.
  • Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to publicly fund the rotavirus vaccine.
  • About 36 per cent of Canadian children with rotavirus infection see a doctor, and 15 per cent end up in the emergency room.
  • Immunization programs have made a tremendous impact on the health of children:
  1. Just 100 years ago, infectious diseases were the leading causes of death worldwide – they now cause less than five per cent of all deaths in Canada.
  2. Fewer cases of preventable illness also mean less pressure on Ontario’s health care system.

Please click here for info regarding Ontario Expands Immunization Program.

Ontario's Publicly Funded Immunization Program is Expanded to Start in August 2011

Ontario's Publicly Funded Immunization Program is Expanded to Start in August 2011

 

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

Ontario’s Immunization Program Getting A Boost

May 5, 2011

McGuinty Government Protecting More Kids While Saving Families Money

Ontario’s babies and children will soon have better protection from serious infectious diseases, while more money stays in the family pocketbook.

Starting August 2011, the province will offer two new vaccines as part of its immunization program, and expand the availability of two others. These include:

  • A new oral rotavirus vaccine to protect infants against rotavirus, which causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration
  • A combined Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella (MMRV) vaccine that will reduce the number of immunizations a child needs. Varicella is currently given as a stand-alone vaccine
  • A second childhood dose of varicella vaccine to enhance protection against chicken pox
  • A lifetime dose of pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine to adults age 19-64, who often pass this highly-contagious disease to infants and children.

Approximately 140,000 infants annually will benefit from the rotavirus vaccine and many other children and adults will benefit from the expanded vaccine programs.

Ontario families will save up to $350 per person as a result of today’s announcement. Since 2003, five new vaccines are now publicly funded thanks to the government’s enhancements to the vaccine program — which means Ontario families will now save a total of more than $1400 per child.

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan to provide better access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.

QUOTES

“It’s our priority to ensure Ontario’s children continue to have the best possible start in life. Today’s announcement not only prevents serious childhood illnesses, but it also puts more money in the pocketbooks of Ontario’s families.”

Deb Matthews
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Immunization is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family. We are expanding our publicly funded immunization program to reduce the incidence of rotavirus, chicken pox and whooping cough infections in Ontario.”

Dr. Arlene King
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

“We’re delighted the government is expanding its vaccine program. Nurses know prevention is key to protecting children from infectious diseases. Adding these crucial vaccines to our publicly funded health care system is the right move so all families can benefit from prevention programs.”

David McNeil
President, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to publicly fund the rotavirus vaccine.
  • About 36 per cent of Canadian children with rotavirus infection see a doctor, and 15 per cent end up in the emergency room.
  • These vaccines will be available in August 2011 from local health care providers such as family doctors, nurse practitioners and public health units.
  • Ontario offers 14 different vaccines through its publicly-funded immunization program, protecting against 17 preventable diseases.
  • Immunization programs have made a tremendous impact on the health of children. Just 100 years ago, infectious diseases were the leading causes of death worldwide – they now cause less than five per cent of all deaths in Canada. Fewer cases of preventable illness also mean less pressure on Ontario’s health care system.

CONTACTS

  • For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline
    1-866-532-3161
    (Toll-free in Ontario only)
  • Neala Barton
    Minister’s Office
    416-327-4388

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
ontario.ca/health

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