Survey: Two-thirds of Parents in Canada Support Vaccinating Children Against Deadly Measles Virus

A survey of Toronto parents has revealed that two-thirds of respondents are in favor of vaccinating their children against the deadly measles virus, according to the Canadian Association of Pediatrics. The survey was conducted…

Survey: Two-thirds of Parents in Canada Support Vaccinating Children Against Deadly Measles Virus

A survey of Toronto parents has revealed that two-thirds of respondents are in favor of vaccinating their children against the deadly measles virus, according to the Canadian Association of Pediatrics.

The survey was conducted by Dr. Diana Partridge, the president of the Toronto and Region Child Health Council, along with UCLA College of Dentistry Endowed Chair Dr. Julia Madison, and pediatrician Dr. Jessica Chan, who led a team of medical professionals at the Alliance for a Vaccine-Free Ontario and testified before a Canadian government committee.

The survey found that 68 percent of respondents were certain or somewhat likely to get their children vaccinated against the deadly syndrome.

As PEOPLE notes, “When asked why they believed vaccines were important, 88 percent of those surveyed said ‘better health care’ and ‘more protection’ were the main reasons.”

Parents have been reluctant to use the vaccines because of misinformation spread by anti-vaccine advocates, especially online.

One of the more publicized of these individuals is Virginia “Christine” Blasey Ford, a psychiatrist who recently publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

Ford has rejected conspiracy theories circulating online suggesting that she may have manufactured the allegations.

According to MSNBC, Ford has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she initially didn’t report the incident to police because she didn’t want to live under “the cloud of suspicion.”

A growing number of parents in the United States and Canada are turning to faith-based health care providers to counsel them on whether or not to vaccinate their children.

In recent months, local officials in some parts of the United States have implemented regulations allowing individuals to seek guardianship of their children from faith-based health care providers instead of public health nurses or medical personnel.

The C.D.C. has stated that in the event of such a situation, “parents would not be able to remove a child from public health authority jurisdiction and parents would continue to take responsibility for the child in those settings.”

However, parents may not be inclined to leave their children unvaccinated if they undergo home-schooling or distance themselves from a doctor.

As NBC reports, “A group called Generation Vaccine, which is made up of more than a thousand doctors, scientists, doctors’ groups, public health experts and advocacy organizations, called home-schooling an unsafe alternative to vaccinations, one that risks the lives of every child vaccinated.”

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