Pharmacists Help with Proper Protection and Prevention for Grade School Through Post Secondary
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently expressed concern about declining immunization rates in Canada and would like to see more efforts to educate parents who hesitate to pursue vaccination for their children. The physicians also voted to ask that governments across the country authorize schools to require a mandatory declaration of immunization status for all students.
CMA issued a press release that states, “If results indicate that a student has not been immunized, there would then be a conversation between public health officials and parents.”
London Drugs pharmacists are joining the CMA to help educate parents on immunization options as back to school nears. Getting ready for back to school or dorm isn’t limited to making sure you have the right school supplies and latest tech gear. It also means making sure grade school children and adults have the proper and up-to-date vaccinations to prevent potentially serious health issues from coming in contact with a variety of communicable diseases.
According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus which attacks the liver1. The Center for Disease Control states that new cases reported in the U.S. is around 3,000 each year—a 90% decrease of the last several decades.2
So why should you care about Hepatitis A? Because it is often referred to as “traveller’s disease”, an illness contracted by travelling in developing countries that have poor sanitation and poor hygiene.
The Hep A virus is only found in the stool (feces) of an infected person. Close contact with an infected person who doesn’t practice proper hygiene can spread the virus. The virus can also be spread via food and water—such as eating food that has been washed in contaminated water. When food preparers don’t practice safe hygiene while handling food, you could contract it by eating in a restaurant.