In a survey conducted by the city’s health department in August, about 66 percent of Toronto parents with primary-care kids are “certain or somewhat likely” to get their children vaccinated against the first — and most lethal — vaccine-preventable disease: the measles-mumps-rubella virus.
The survey also found that roughly 56 percent of adults in the city said they were not certain they would “get their child vaccinated,” just ahead of those who are neither certain nor somewhat likely to get their kids vaccinated, which is roughly half of the adults overall.
A total of 62 percent of parents also said they were not sure they would get their kids vaccinated against the other 16 common and potentially deadly diseases covered in the report, but only 47 percent of both adults and parents said they were not certain about their children.
Specifically, the survey found that as of this year, the rate of unvaccinated children in Toronto city was up to 32 percent, “in just the last five years,” for all age groups from 16 to 19. Measles, mumps, rubella and mumps are among the 15 diseases in the report, for which rates are up from 5 to 41 percent, depending on the age group. The vaccination rates are also below the national average, which is 88 percent among children ages 18 to 59.