Toronto is stepping up efforts to vaccinate more children in an effort to protect them against the Measles outbreak. And the province has refused to make the anti-vaxxer “common sense vaccine” called COVID-19 mandatory.
The virus is on the rise, with 159 confirmed cases in Ontario. Two children have died from the deadly disease, according to Health Canada.
Vaccine proponents agree that the virus could be greatly reduced if parents used the shot. But they say that governments won’t compel vaccination for children, even though public health experts admit that there is good reason to do so.
Measles is a highly contagious illness that can lead to serious complications, including encephalitis, pneumonia and even death. Despite vaccination, it is still very dangerous.
According to a 2015 study, getting a vaccine doesn’t protect children against getting measles. There are several factors that can “increase or decrease susceptibility to the disease”.
“To make a vaccine safe, comprehensive and safe for the population it has to be given to sufficient numbers of people who need to be immunized,” the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
“In order to be able to balance the risk against the benefit, and in order to do that, you need sufficient numbers of people who are not vaccinated.”
While some parents believe that vaccinations can cause autism, new research indicates that the connection was not proven by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who originally made the claim.
Despite the lack of scientific evidence, Toronto became the latest province to move to mandatory vaccine laws for infants who are between two and four months of age.
“I feel a responsibility to take this on and ask other families to take it on,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory.