Toronto introduces campaign to vaccinate citizens against meningitis, mumps

About 35 percent of Toronto residents have not received two vaccinations recommended to prevent mumps, meningitis and polio, according to a report commissioned by city council. For those reasons, the city launched a campaign…

Toronto introduces campaign to vaccinate citizens against meningitis, mumps

About 35 percent of Toronto residents have not received two vaccinations recommended to prevent mumps, meningitis and polio, according to a report commissioned by city council. For those reasons, the city launched a campaign Wednesday, targeting 8,000 people—7,000 of whom are children—to get the two vaccines. The push comes amid increased concerns about public health due to the Mumps and meningitis outbreaks, which has led to only limited vaccination rates. The city’s plan will focus on the city’s most underprivileged neighbourhoods, including those without easy access to medical offices, and is modeled after one in Denver, Colo., where municipal employees vaccinate tens of thousands of residents at no cost. Because residents do not have to go through the flu shot, the city is aiming to get only those who are unlikely to get the vaccines, such as the homeless, living with chronic illness or pregnant women. “If we bring the fear out and we get those vaccines and get those numbers up and got coverage up, we can prevent the millions of dollars in these meningitis and mumps deaths,” said councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

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