Three More Vaccines Now Mandatory for Ontario Children

from Ontario is making three more vaccines mandatory for schoolchildren, a move that cements the province’s hard line against parents who decline to immunize their children. As of this September, Ontario students will need to be vaccinated against whooping cough, meningococcal disease and, if they were born after 2010, chickenpox. All three are already publicly funded and part of the province’s immunization schedule. Ontario already bars students who have not received their shots for six diseases, including measles, unless their parents apply for an exemption on religious or philosophical grounds – something fewer than 2 per cent of families pursue, according to Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

h/t – Ann Benson

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