By Lisa Goudy
Whenever cases of contagious infections pop up in our health region, we need to pay attention.
This week, the Five Hills Health Region confirmed that a “very young
infant” in a rural area of the region has a case of whooping cough.
While the region didn’t specify where the infant was from or how old the
infant is, the most important part I think we need to take away from
this is that we should be up to date on our immunizations.
according to information from the Five Hills Health Region last
December, about 75 per cent of two-year-olds received the whooping cough
vaccine and so have 75 per cent of Saskatchewanians. A 2013 study
indicated that 77 per cent of Canadian two-year-olds received the
whooping cough vaccine.
Unfortunately, there is still
misinformation spreading about vaccinations.