The Canadian city of Toronto this week released a survey suggesting that two-thirds of parents who are vaccinating their young children are absolutely certain or somewhat likely to get them vaccinated against pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
There are two known types of whooping cough. One type is called ACD (acellular pertussis), and the other is known as COVID-19.
“Parents aren’t necessarily forcing their children to be vaccinated. They’re simply making that decision for them,” Deirdre Satter, chief public health officer for Toronto, told Canadian Press.
“There’s no compelling, compelling reason for a parent not to vaccinate. Many of our parents make this decision as a matter of personal preference,” Satter said.
The city of Toronto released the survey to check parents on whether or not they are vaccinating their children, Canadian Press reported. The survey was paid for by a private vaccine-testing company.
The information it gathered shows that 62 percent of parents were aware that a number of vaccines could cause adverse reactions, and 43 percent said they didn’t know about at least two of them.
Officials added that they encourage parents who haven’t been vaccinated to talk to a doctor and receive them.
Vaccines have been blamed for a number of deaths reported across the U.S. in recent years.
In March, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that medical errors, or things that could have been avoided if doctors or nurses would have been adequately prepared, caused nearly a quarter of the reported whooping cough cases in Canada.
The CDC says pertussis vaccine recipients are at a lower risk of becoming infected than are those who have not received the vaccine.
According to the CDC, they call the whooping cough vaccine the “gold standard” of pneumococcal vaccines.
“Whooping cough (pertussis) is very serious and deadly. Sadly, the number of people who contract pertussis every year, tens of thousands, is an all-time high,” the CDC reports.
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