Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, expresses her deep concern about the re-emergence in Canada and elsewhere of some vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly such serious and contagious diseases as measles .
Tam deplores the misinformation about her parents’ targeted vaccination on social media.
Theresa Tam believes that this misleading information can lead parents to question or delay the vaccination of their children. Dr. Tam, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, says she has witnessed the devastating effects of some vaccine-preventable diseases on the lives of children and their families.
In her opinion, parents need to be helped to distinguish between true and false and she encourages health care providers to talk to those who are wondering about vaccines. These caregivers can impact their confidence and help them decide to vaccinate their children.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the worst threats to global health this year is to hesitate to get vaccinated.
New cases of measles have recently been reported in Canada when the disease was eradicated more than 20 years ago.
Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease. It is caused by a virus that travels through the air through droplets from the nose and throat of infected people.
The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children around the world, even though there is a safe and effective vaccine to prevent it, according to the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Measles begins with high fever, runny nose, cough and conjunctivitis. Subsequently, redness appears in the face and then on the body. Measles lasts from one to two weeks.