“We’ve done everything to protect him, but we need help from everybody else.”
A North Vancouver mother is urging parents to get their kids vaccinated, in an effort to protect her son, and other children with organ transplants.
Shannon Westerlund says her 14-year-old son Andrew has survived cancer, a heart transplant, and now a rare autoimmune disorder, but as a result, his immune system is shot.
Westerlund wants vaccination rates in schools to improve, but won’t go as far as suggesting a mandatory policy.
“I don’t want to tell people what they must do, I think maybe there needs to be a little bit more pressure, towards getting people protected.”
At the school he attends, the vaccination rate among grade 9 students is less than 70%.
“I saw the rate, I had to just turn away from them and shake my head and try not to worry about them to badly, they are certainly not what we need them to be for Andrew with his immune compromised condition.”
Westerlund says there are 300 other kids like Andrew across BC.
Vancouver Coastal Health is asking parents with kids going to kindergarten in the fall to have their children immunized now.
Check out the VCH website for a list of clinics.