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I feel that microbes are not out of control First they all relate to infectious diseases Second they all present growing risks to health to people in the Canada and around the world And third they have been on the radar screen for some time but the blips seem to be getting brighter so they cant be ignored any longer Its time to focus and take action Bioterrorism emerging infectious diseases and microbes that are resistant to the best antibiotics and antivirals we can construct are the obvious topics Less obvious but potentially more of a threat to the public at large are the concerns doubts and misperceptions that increasing numbers of people seem to be having about childhood immunizations Should these concerns doubts and misperceptions be left unaddressed they could translate into a decline in the publics confidence about vaccines If as history has shown a decline in public confidence leads to a decline in vaccine use a number of diseases that are now well under control may re-emerge Vaccines are the most effective public health tool ever created Life expectancy at birth has been extended by 30 years since 1900 And its estimated that 25 of those 30 years are attributable to public health advances especially vaccines We have achieved historic levels of immunization use in the community and record low rates of vaccine-preventable diseases As a result of our immunization policies and practices in Canada we almost never see outbreaks of diseases like measles polio and diphtheria Unlike people of just a generation ago todays people do not experience the annual summer outbreaks of polio and the self-imposed quarantine that kept children from movie theaters swimming pools water fountains and summer camps But because people no longer see and dont fear that their child is at risk of being infected with these serious contagious diseases we are risk of becoming a victim of our successful vaccination programs
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