Poll: Toronto residents say parents are too lax on vaccines

Written by Sonali Basak, CNN Toronto, Canada The age at which parents started preschool is a hot topic of debate, with some arguing that it sets the tone for a child’s immunization history and…

Poll: Toronto residents say parents are too lax on vaccines

Written by Sonali Basak, CNN Toronto, Canada

The age at which parents started preschool is a hot topic of debate, with some arguing that it sets the tone for a child’s immunization history and education, while others claim it focuses young minds on study and intellectual activities instead of emotional development.

Which one is right?

Well, the parents of Toronto may have decided that it is the latter, according to a recent survey by the Canadian Immunization Network.

The CDC said parents should continue to ensure their children received the full course of vaccines; still, Toronto has seen a rise in childhood vaccine hesitancy over the last five years.

In recent years, the US Preventive Services Task Force declared children between six months and 18 months old to be eligible for mandatory vaccines, changes that were made to comply with recommendations from the World Health Organization.

Some are wary, however, while still others believe in vaccines but believe that children should still be given individual doses.

The survey found that approximately 67% of adults in Toronto feel their children are being treated too leniently in the area of vaccination. Overall, those aged 25 to 44 were the most inclined to feel this way, with a little more than two-thirds of this age group saying they have felt the need to discuss vaccines with their pediatrician because of questions around the immunization schedule.

Additionally, 65% felt that Canadian parents are too lax in vaccinating their kids compared to 68% who feel that parents of foreign nationals are less concerned with vaccinations.

“The survey looked at the decision of parents to vaccinate or not vaccinate in a very context-specific way,” Andy Dehnart, a paediatrician in Toronto, told CNN. “It looked at how prevalent certain factors were across the city.”

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