Montreal health officials look to reverse decline of routine childhood vaccinations – CBC

Measles vaccination coverage in Montreal is 80-85% among kindergarten-age children

Dec 01, 2022

Montreal Public Health has launched a campaign to remind parents to verify their child’s vaccination status, especially for those six and under.

A growing number of kids have yet to be inoculated against dangerous diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and rubella, said Benoît Corriveau, a resident doctor with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

“It’s around 80 per cent when, for a lot of diseases, we need at least 95 per cent of people to be immunized to have herd immunity to prevent outbreaks from happening,” he said.

This lack of immunity comes at a time when pediatric care is already stretched thin by the overwhelming number of patients.

“Public health is concerned that, on top of the stress that is already on pediatric hospitals and schools, we could also experience outbreaks of other diseases that can be prevented by vaccination, ” said Corriveau.

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