Religion grounds for vaccination refusal in Ontario – no way to track immigrant immunization

Ontario only allows parents to opt out of mandatory measles vaccination for their children in very limited circumstances, Health Minister Eric Hoskins says.

Reacting to confirmation of four cases of measles in Toronto, Hoskins said Monday that it’s important for the majority of Ontarians to be vaccinated against the disease.

The majority of people who oppose vaccination do so on religious grounds which is an acceptable exemption, Hoskins said.

Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk reported in December that provincial health officials aren’t sure how many residents are vaccinated against diseases such as measles.

Her annual report concluded that child immunization rates are below the level necessary to prevent transmission of disease.

No program is in place to ensure that adult immigrants arriving in Ontario are immunized, the auditor also found.

Vaccination isn’t multicultural I guess.