High vaccination rates didn’t spare Quebeckers

In making the case for a national vaccine registry to raise immunizations to as much as 95% — the level deemed necessary to protect the entire community through herd immunity —health reporter Genna Buck unluckily cites the Quebec measles outbreak of 2011 in the current issue of Maclean’s, Canada’s only newsweekly. “During the last Quebec […]

Mocked on HPV vaccine, middle class parents seem to have science on their side

“White girls don’t have sex: The middle class lie on HPV that puts teens at risk.” That was the mocking headline in The New Zealand Herald yesterday, subtitled “Well-off Pakeha parents less likely to get their daughters immunized against HPV.” The headline picked up on a quote by Karen Page, a PhD candidate at Massey […]

Montreal Gazette’s horrible history

“Canadians have forgotten a time before the vaccines era when childhood diseases resulted in horrific consequences, said Dr. Horacio Arruda, the head of prevention for Quebec’s Health Department.” Dr. Arruda, who made this comment to Charlie Fidelman at the Montreal Gazette, needs to read up on his history. Canadians who remember that time know that those childhood diseases weren’t […]