WHEREAS the Medical Officer of Health has identified immunization as one of the most important public health measures for all Toronto residents.
A century ago, many children died before their fifth birthday from diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and measles due to the limited or no availability of immunizations. Today, immunizations prevent illness and save lives by eliminating and reducing the spread of many diseases that were once common, particularly during childhood.
Immunization is considered to be the most cost-beneficial health intervention and one of the few that systematically demonstrates significantly more benefits than costs. National Immunization Awareness Week promotes the importance of immunization in Canada and increases public awareness that many diseases are effectively and safely controlled by immunization.
Immunization awareness weeks around the world are sponsored by the Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness & Promotion, Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. Toronto joins with cities across Canada and around the world to participate in this initiative and encourage childhood immunization during this time and throughout the year.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 21 – 28, 2012 as "National Immunization Awareness Week" in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to recognize the benefit of immunization to the health and well-being of our community.