9 a.m., Feb. 8)
Orléans private daycare comes under fire for 'vaccine-free'
By Fred Sherwin
home-based private daycare in Orléans that offers
its clients a "vaccine-free" environment has
come scrutiny by public health officials.
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.
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.
should be noted that there have been no reported cases
of the measles in Ottawa.
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.
Melissa Abekah has come under scrutiny herself for views
of vaccines and vaccination which Turcotte says run counter
to the scientific and medical facts.
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.
cant give the disease to someone else because you
were vaccinated," says Turcotte.
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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