During a visit to Toronto on Friday, Dr. Isabelle Primeau told reporters that she expects the Canadian Centre for Disease Control will soon issue a ruling giving parents who do not want their children vaccinated the choice to opt out of vaccines for children in the second grade.
Primeau, the founding director of the department of infectious diseases at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, told reporters that she expects the Canadian Centre for Disease Control will issue a ruling soon that would allow unvaccinated schoolchildren in the second grade to receive the BC1 and BC2 vaccines and a “huge gulf” would open up between parents who had chosen to have their children vaccinated and those who had not, the Toronto Star reported.
The highly contagious diseases that are able to be spread easily with one single droplet on the ground include polio, measles, whooping cough, measles, whooping cough, mumps, tetanus, hepatitis B, meningitis, and shingles. During the last 10 years, Canada has been on a four-year national vaccination peak, with the highest rates of vaccines taken in since immunization became mandatory in 1989, she told the Toronto Star. Despite the high rates of vaccination in Canada, there have been cases of measles in this country this year — with at least one in Toronto — this year, which Primeau believes is evidence that the disease is “still alive.”
Primeau called it “a terrifying disease,” whooping cough, she said, could be a “very easy death.”
CBC News reported that Primeau has raised public concerns about vaccines since 2015, when she spoke out against a mandatory vaccination bill for nursing students, as well as a travel advisory for visitors to the Pacific region to avoid measles. She did not refer to those activities in her Friday comments to reporters.
In February, on “Day 1: Smearing Mom and Her Family,” Primeau referred to vaccination in a newsletter as a cause of global climate change, and in her latest newsletter in August, she presented a series of debunked vaccine links, as well as suggested that unvaccinated children are at greater risk of a vaccine-preventable disease.
“I don’t believe anything Dr. Primeau says,” Dr. Lyle Petersen, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Thursday, according to CBC News. “I really don’t.”
In her remarks, Primeau did not address the lawsuit that has been brought against her, by Lori Mitchell, the mother of a 4-year-old whose son with a non-compliant immunization is believed to have the measles-mumps-rubella virus that could spread, the Toronto Star reported.
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