Boost Vaccination Rates

As reported by the Frasher Health Institute in the CBC in August 2015 and by a UBC study in November 2016, among many other sources, vaccination rates in BC are below the threshold for effective herd immunity against infectious diseases. While Richmond has overall 90% vaccination rates, places such as West Vancouver have much lower rates around 60%. These low vaccination rates needlessly endanger children, and the Greens should commit to boosting vaccination rates among children. Kaiser Health News recently reported on an effective intervention in Michigan whereby parents were required to obtain vaccination waivers by consulting in-person with local public health departments. This proven strategy seems easy to implement and could be on way to help boost immunity rates. I also suggest the Greens commit to expanding the range of HPV vaccines provided for free to all children, boys and girls, to include HPV4, HPV9, and where applicable HPV2. This could help lower the incidence of cervical and anal cancers in BC.


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  • Chris Ruttan
    commented 2017-06-04 16:58:07 -0700
    Vaccination does not equal immunization. There are many cases of measles or mumps outbreaks (for example) among highly vaccinated populations. The flu vaccine is at best 40% effective and the quad shot vax contains mercury, a known neurotoxin. There is a reason why the vaccine rates among the more affluent and highly educated parts of the population are lower.. They are more likely to be aware of the fact that vaccines are about risk/reward, and that they contain many harmful toxins such as aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, msg, and aborted human fetal DNA. The current system that allows people to opt out is working fine. Last I checked, there hasn’t been a death in BC from, measles, mumps, or chicken pox in the past 15 years.
  • Liz Zubek
    commented 2017-05-04 00:44:20 -0700
    The research on the HPV vaccine is just not convincing enough to suggest this (I am a physician, of note). Isn’t it interesting to note that the demographic which chooses not to vaccinate is an area of the highest socioeconomic status?
  • Warren Sellick
    published this page in Make a suggestion 2017-04-20 10:23:50 -0700
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