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:
Approximately 140,000 infants annually will benefit from the rotavirus vaccine due to the expansion of the vaccine program in Ontario.
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.
”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
“Enhancing our publicly funded immunization program will help to further protect the children of Ontario against serious infectious diseases.”
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges – Markham
“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
Read more about immunizations available in Ontario.
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