CMA Calls For Proof of Vaccination Before Children Attend School

Every elementary and high school in the country should require parents to provide proof their child has received up-to-date immunizations for school entry, Canada’s doctors say.

But in a move that could fuel the anti-vaccination movement, delegates to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual general council meeting Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected a call for a national program to compensate those who suffer the extremely rare injuries that can be caused by vaccines.

That proposal was among a raft of motions aimed at combatting “vaccine hesitancy,” a growing phenomenon public health experts fear is driving immunization rates for key diseases below target in many regions of the country.