RCC is committed to educating and creating awareness about all vaccines.
In addition to offering vaccination services to our patients, RCC has recently developed and distributed a variety of materials (i.e. brochures, posters, social media posts) to educate and increase awareness for the general public.
We are pleased to share this important information and to showcase the educational materials we have created. Funding has been provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The information is organized into the following areas:
- Vaccines are a type of medicine that contains specific ingredients that protect people against many diseases that can be very dangerous and even deadly
- Vaccines are different than most medicines that treat or cure diseases
- Vaccines prevent you from getting sick with the disease in the first place
- Temporary redness and swelling at the site where the injection was given, fever, headache, tiredness, and achy joints
- There might be mild discomfort in the arm in which the vaccine was given
- Children may become unsettled or uncomfortable
- These symptoms might last one or 2 days after the vaccination and will pass
- Rarely an individual may have an allergic reaction. This often happens just after the vaccine while in a medical office. Medical offices are properly equipped to manage allergic reactions should this happen
- The medicine in the vaccine uses your body’s natural defenses to build a resistance to certain diseases, viruses, and infections
- The medicine makes your immune system and body stronger
- When you receive the medicine, it means you are protected from that illness
- You can be exposed to the illness without becoming sick or experience only a mild case of the illness
- When most of the people with a community or area have received vaccinations it is called “herd immunity”
- Herd immunity means that when many people receive the vaccines they are protecting themselves and each other.
- Herd immunity especially protects the vulnerable members such as infants or people who can’t receive vaccines, those who are receiving treatment for cancer or elderly people (who are not very healthy and the vaccine won’t work as well with them).
- A community can be protected from disease