There, I said it.
There may be nothing more “hot button” today than the subject of vaccinations. It’s said that religion and politics are topics better avoided. Stick to weather and sports, they say. Well, adding vaccinations to religion and politics may be in order. It seems everyone has an opinion these days.
To up the proverbial ante, one Canadian province has drawn a line in the sand. Ontario would like for those opposed to vaccinations to take mandatory science classes.
Sound the alarm bells!
With a growing number of parents choosing to opt out of vaccinating their children, the Canadian government has taken notice. If lawmakers have their way, parents will be required to participate in an “education session” prior to an exemption being granted.
In Canada parents must provide a child’s immunization records before he or she may attend school. Now, there are ways around this. Parents may cite medical, religious, or philosophical reasons for passing on vaccinations. But the trend of foregoing vaccines has reached the point that the government feels compelled to intervene.
It goes without saying that advocates from both sides of the aisle have weighed-in with their own convictions. Eric Hoskins, who serves as Ontario’s minister of health and long-term care said, “choosing to vaccinate your child (not only) protects them from (acquiring the) disease….it protects vulnerable children who can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons.”
Former Ontario chief medial officer, Dr. Arlene King, speaks to the “unfounded (and) unsubstantiated…myths (out there) about vaccines.”
In spite of the persuasive efforts of medical professionals, many parents are unmoved. They’ve heard enough stories and seen enough evidence containing reasons not to vaccinate that has them digging in their heels.
This brewing conflict between Canadian government and its citizens marks an early stand-off in the war of what’s best for children as it relates to vaccinations. Only time will tell how this plays out, but citizens of other western nations would do well to pay attention. This may mark the beginning of a long-term battle.