Vaccination coverage for First Nations communities

Vaccines work!

Some vaccine-preventable diseases have almost disappeared among First Nations.

Between 2011 and 2016:

  • no new reported cases of measles, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and polioFootnote 1
  • low number of reported cases of mumps, haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and invasive meningococcal diseaseFootnote 1

Without ongoing vaccination efforts, these diseases can become more common again.

Health care providers play an important role in achieving vaccination coverage goals for First Nations.

Canada’s goal by 2025:

95% of Canadian children will have received all recommended doses of childhood vaccinations on time.Footnote 2

The % of First Nations children who are fully vaccinated by the age of 2 years is within similar ranges as provincial and national estimates.Footnote 3

Between 2011 and 2016:

  • Within 81-84%Footnote 4 - Measles, mumps and rubella
  • Within 68-73%Footnote 4 - Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, Hib

As health care providers you can contribute towards achieving higher vaccination coverage for First Nations by:

  • keeping your vaccination practice and knowledge current
  • reviewing client vaccination records at each health visit
  • facilitating open discussion with clients about vaccination
  • providing reliable vaccine resources to clients

Check out the First Nations vaccination resources for health care providers, parents, caregivers and communities:

Vaccination coverage for First Nations communities

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