Elderly Canadians Are Keeping Up With New Senior Citizens’ Polio Vaccination Rate

B.C. seniors were in luck this week when Statistics Canada released its recently updated cohort of three million older people: 95 percent of all those over 65 in B.C. have received their vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Meanwhile, in the same province, 86 percent of the 107,000 children and adolescents aged five and up with known vaccination status have had their first dose of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine, Health Canada said Thursday. Measles shots are required of Canada’s children at the age of 15 months. The country also tracks vaccination levels among children five and under. A CDC-led study earlier this year found that among unvaccinated children up to age nine, 82 percent have received one or more doses of measles and rubella vaccines, Statistics Canada said. “Canada’s national rates of measles vaccinations are strong, at 94% and 91% for children and adolescents aged six months to nine years, respectively,” the agency reported. “However, there are pockets of high unvaccinated rates, mainly in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.” Measles shots can only be given in public facilities, such as schools and daycares, during school hours.

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