On Monday, Toronto announced its plan to get more vaccination – including children – but didn’t specify what it would do to ensure that all vaccinated parents know what their children must do in order to fulfill their parental responsibilities. Now the Province of British Columbia has followed suit.
British Columbia’s Centre for Disease Control announced on Wednesday that it is “mandating that coaches and parents who work with children be vaccinated,” reports the Vancouver Sun. The new rules came after a significant spike in measles immunization rates, which has led the province to pursue new policies.
CBC notes that four cases of measles were reported in the province, with three of them occurring at licensed daycare centers.
Measles starts with a fever and runny nose. Within a few days the skin breaks out in red bumps, the children has a rash, and in an average case someone becomes unresponsive.
Of the roughly 25 million Americans who received measles shots in 2017, Canada isn’t the only country mandating all those who work with children get vaccinated.
Fiat Chrysler in May announced that all British Columbia drivers and passengers will need to get two measles shots in order to get a vehicle registration.
Teachers in the county of Ottawa and other areas also must show proof of immunization, like vaccination certificates and three shots, before being hired.
New Hampshire mandates that children between age 8 and 22 get one measles vaccine by Nov. 25, or be barred from early grades.
The Star notes that more than 65 other states also require some degree of proof of vaccination or permit exemptions for religious or personal reasons.
“Newborns are almost 90 percent immune to the measles,” declares Doctor Chloe Matheson with the Institute for Global Health and Human Rights. “It is really a stupid policy, even more so because they are under so much pressure to vaccinate.”
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