To prevent measles, Toronto has arranged to have superheroes at school events this week to make sure that parents do not keep their children home from school to avoid the illness.
“We thought it was the right thing to do,” said Barbara Young, a spokesperson for Toronto Public Health.
“There’s a perception about this disease that we shouldn’t be immune. But most people are not. And, most of the people who are unvaccinated are not against immunization.”
Ms. Young said vaccines were commonly in schools because children often attend together and were vaccinated against the flu at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “some people claim they believe measles is harmful or that there is some type of ‘intrusion’ by vaccines.” This group includes people who have immune or other problems and those who are too young to be vaccinated.
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Ms. Young said Ms. Young said a great deal of effort was put into removing myths about the measles. The group was working hard to reach out to people who had not yet received their full supply of vaccines, including children with autism and those born prior to 1957.
In recent years, the number of people who have made up the anti-vaccination movement has increased, and anti-vaccination comments are often prominently displayed on YouTube and the Facebook pages of celebrities. Bill Gates recently said he supports the idea of having a sort of “social contract” with parents who will agree to vaccinate their children. He said, “It would be better if people on the streets were vaccinated. And in fact, when they saw that there were no measles cases, they would all try to get vaccinated.”
According to the CDC, in the United States, of the many people vaccinated against measles, some receive so many vaccinations, that their immune systems can’t respond to a single one. Those who receive more than one vaccine are at lower risk of developing complications and dying from the disease.
“We know in other countries, the measles vaccination is like having more than one heart,” Ms. Young said. “You don’t need a third heart just to operate on it.”
Her other advice: “Get vaccinated and have it on your list to have done.”