Updated: Jan 28, 2022
The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) urges all children to receive routine vaccinations and an annual flu shot, unless there is a medical reason not to. CPS continues that if you choose not to vaccinate your child, you need to know how to make it less likely that your child may contract an infection or spread disease to others.
What do vaccines do?
Vaccines work by preparing the body to fight against diseases. You are given a vaccine that contains either a dead or a weakened germ that causes a particular disease.
In response to the vaccine, your body practices fighting the disease by making antibodies, this permanent or longstanding response tells your body that when the same germ attacks you in the future, your body already knows how to fight it so you won't get sick.
Adopted from: Canadian Paediatric Society: Immunization
Public Health Agency of Canada: Vaccines Work released in April 2018