‘Absolutely vital’: As CDC warns of virus, Canada urges parents to vaccinate children

Health organizations are urging Canadians to immunize their children against the deadly, highly contagious childhood respiratory illness, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). As part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Take Charge for a Healthy…

‘Absolutely vital’: As CDC warns of virus, Canada urges parents to vaccinate children

Health organizations are urging Canadians to immunize their children against the deadly, highly contagious childhood respiratory illness, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). As part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Take Charge for a Healthy Child campaign, Public Health Ontario is reminding Toronto parents to vaccinate their kids. More than two-thirds of parents in Ontario said they were “certain or somewhat likely” to vaccinate their children against EV-D68, according to a survey conducted by ReachOut Inc. with an opt-in online survey of more than 1,300 parents of Ontario children aged 0-5, released Monday. Some children may be vulnerable if vaccinated parents do not keep up with their children’s vaccinations. “Providing children with the highest level of protection from severe or even deadly symptoms associated with Enterovirus D68 is a necessity,” Health Minister Eric Hoskins said in a statement released by the agency. “I strongly encourage all parents to ensure their children receive the vaccine, so they can be protected against this common and highly contagious respiratory illness.” An additional 2.1 per cent of the parents surveyed were “not sure” whether they would vaccinate their children against EV-D68. In 2016, the province responded to this same public health campaign, with 97 per cent of parents being vaccinated.

Health organizations are urging Canadians to immunize their children against the deadly, highly contagious childhood respiratory illness, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

As part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Take Charge for a Healthy Child campaign, Public Health Ontario is reminding Toronto parents to vaccinate their kids.

More than two-thirds of parents in Ontario said they were “certain or somewhat likely” to vaccinate their children against EV-D68, according to a survey conducted by ReachOut Inc. with an opt-in online survey of more than 1,300 parents of Ontario children aged 0-5, released Monday.

Some children may be vulnerable if vaccinated parents do not keep up with their children’s vaccinations.

“Providing children with the highest level of protection from severe or even deadly symptoms associated with Enterovirus D68 is a necessity,” Health Minister Eric Hoskins said in a statement released by the agency.

“I strongly encourage all parents to ensure their children receive the vaccine, so they can be protected against this common and highly contagious respiratory illness.”

An additional 2.1 per cent of the parents surveyed were “not sure” whether they would vaccinate their children against EV-D68.

In 2016, the province responded to this same public health campaign, with 97 per cent of parents being vaccinated.

Sheema Khan is a health reporter for Global News. Follow her on Twitter @shekhankat

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