88% of Canadians Endorse Mandatory School Vaccinations

Calgary, Victoria and Toronto Canada reported measles cases during March 2019

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In a new Ipsos poll, 88 percent of Canadians said they would ‘approve of legislation to make it mandatory for all school-aged children to be up to date on their vaccinations unless there is a medical reason.’ 

“Canadians definitely feel that vaccinations are important and should be legislated,” said Jennifer McLeod Macey, vice-president of Ipsos Public Affairs, in an article published by Global News.  

Previously, British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said to New Westminster Record on February 26, 2019, that ‘he expects mandatory reporting of vaccinations to be in place for the start of school in September.’ 

These are important news articles since Canada continues to report measles cases during 2019.

As of March 16, 2019, 27 cases of measles have been reported by Québec, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and Alberta.   

And recently, measles cases have been reported in the following Canadian provinces:

  • Calgary: Alberta Health Services (AHS) confirmed on March 30, 2019, that an individual with lab-confirmed measles has been in public settings in Calgary while infectious.
  • Toronto: Toronto Public Health is investigating a lab-confirmed case of measles in an adult resident who acquired the infection in another country. Individuals are reminded that the measles virus is circulating in many countries and that they should check to ensure they are protected against measles before traveling.
  • Victoria, BC: 2 cases of measles infection have been reported to Island Health on March 29, 2019. Both people acquired the infection while traveling abroad. Both people sought care in the South Island.

Measles outbreaks continue to be reported worldwide and in the USA during 2019.

Recently, leaders of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have called for the ‘elimination of non-medical exemptions to vaccinations for children.’

“Given the ongoing measles outbreaks, prioritizing the elimination of non-medical vaccine exemptions is a timely undertaking,” said AAP President Kyle E. Yasuda, M.D., FAAP, in a press release on March 16, 2019.