As Measles Concern Rises, Lawmakers Mixed On What To Do About Vaccination

An Overwhelming Majority of Canadians Think Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory As The Measles Outbreak Spreads featured image

An Overwhelming Majority of Canadians Think Vaccinations Should Be Mandatory As The Measles Outbreak Spreads featured image

"For Colorado it's not a matter of if we get a measles outbreak, it's a matter of when we get a measles outbreak". Some in the francophone community were distrustful of treatments promoted by British doctors.

The conversation around the decision to vaccinate children becomes a pressing issue as the amount of outbreaks of illness grow in the U.S. When the Board of Health proposed making the vaccine mandatory, riots erupted. It has played a role in the resurgence of diseases once thought to be an anachronism. An outbreak near Portland, Oregon led health officials to declare a public health emergency, as 62 cases were confirmed, and the majority were not immunized. There have been 159 individual cases and six "outbreaks" - clusters of three or more cases - in New York, Washington State, Texas and IL. "We must do more and do it better to protect each and every person from diseases that can be easily avoided". Thais harbouring suspicions about vaccines have been blamed for the spike in cases.

Social media is enabling the spread of misinformation about vaccines and can "be advantageous for anti-vaccination groups", according to the Royal Society for Public Health.

In the case of measles, the herd-immunity threshold is 95 per cent, but B.C.'s vaccination rate is lower than that.

This is almost an eight-fold increase in measles cases reported since a year ago, with 18,407 cases in 2018 compared with 2,428 cases in 2017. When polio was raging, school children were administered oral vaccine - I was one who received it and I'm pretty sure it wasn't optional. The history of the pharmaceutical industry is replete with examples of drugs whose risks were deliberately downplayed or identified too late.

Because we have been able to keep people from getting certain diseases with vaccines, few people have seen how serious these vaccine-preventable diseases can be.

An unvaccinated boy from France has just been suspected of reintroducing measles to Costa Rica, after it had been free of the disease for five years.

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She said providing education on vaccines has proven to be more successful than forcing people to be vaccinated. However, he did say that the school district and others across the province already collect immunization records when children are registered for kindergarten, although not when they register in higher grades.

In Montana, one representative is working to make it easier for parents to opt-out of vaccines for children in daycare.

Pressure is growing on social networks in the United States and elsewhere to take action in the face of criticism that they have enabled the development of an anti-vaccine movement.

These approaches wouldn't take misinformation off Facebook but rather make it less prominent. Two doses of the vaccine are approximately 97 percent effective at preventing measles and one dose is about 93 percent effective, according to the CDC.

Parents in Ontario must provide proof of immunization, and children who are not immunized can be removed from school during an outbreak. Over half of the measles cases were under 5 years of age, with median age of 2 years old.

An Angus Reid Institute public opinion survey released last week showed 70 per cent of Canadians think vaccinations against measles and other deadly diseases should be a must for kids entering school.

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