Why Canada 's Mandatory Vaccination Laws Be Implemented At The Provincial And Territorial Level

902 Words Nov 7th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the greatest medical advancements throughout human history was the creation of vaccines. The success of vaccines made many previously common childhood diseases become almost rare. Although approximately 400,000 children are vaccinated in Canada each year (qtd. in Picard), there is still a large portion of Canadian children that not receiving the necessary vaccinations. This is occurring because Canada does not have any federal laws in place to enforce children to be vaccinated. Fortunately, Canada’s Constitution allows mandatory vaccination law to be implemented at the provincial and territorial level. To ensure the health and safety of individuals and communities, provincial and territorial governments should make vaccinations mandatory for all Canadian children so that immunity towards dangerous illnesses is maintained and outbreaks of highly contagious diseases are prevented. A person is most vulnerable to diseases during their childhood, and is it for this reason that vaccinations are crucial to the wellbeing of children. In the case that a serious disease exists in a child’s environment, vaccinations are an effective method of protection as well as an immunity booster. As stated by the Public Health Agency of Canada, childhood vaccinations “protect [children] from specific diseases that can make [them] very sick, disabled or even kill [them]… They boost [the] body’s … immune system” (“What is a vaccination?”). Vaccinations benefit children in the long-term…

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