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(Posted 9 a.m., Feb. 8)
Orléans private daycare comes under fire for 'vaccine-free' policy
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A home-based private daycare in Orléans that offers its clients a "vaccine-free" environment has come scrutiny by public health officials.

After finding out about the daycare, Ottawa Public Health issued a warning that children who attend the daycare are at a higher risk of contracting communicable diseases and viruses such as the measles and the flu than children who attend daycares where being vaccinated is mandatory.

According to Ottawa Public Health program manager Marie-Claude Turcotte, a vaccine-free environment could potentially be at a higher risk because the measles virus would circulate quickly among the children.

It should be noted that there have been no reported cases of the measles in Ottawa.

The operator of the daycare in question says the "vaccine-free" policy is meant to give parents who make the choice not to vaccinate their children a place to offer them care without coming under scrutiny or potential ostracism.

But Melissa Abekah has come under scrutiny herself for views of vaccines and vaccination which Turcotte says run counter to the scientific and medical facts.

For instance, one of the reasons Abekah does not accept children who have been vaccinated is because she believes they can pass on the disease they've been vaccinated against within 30 days of being vaccinated.

"You can’t give the disease to someone else because you were vaccinated," says Turcotte.

Although Ottawa Public Health advises against the creation of a vaccine-free environment, there is very little they can do about it.

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