Toronto health care professionals refuse to vaccinate children because ‘vaccinations kill patients’

The view is clear: Many Canadians have no idea they have the right to not vaccinate themselves or their children.

That’s why health care workers are organizing. They want Ontarians to know they have a legal right to refuse immunizations, and they’re organizing to be heard.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a nurse, physician or doctor. The Ontario Medical Association’s rules require all staff members with a health care credential to comply with patient orders.

And yet, the fact that most of Ontario’s health care professionals have a practice hat is overlooked by the Progressive Conservative government, which brought in controversial policies — such as cutting wait times — aimed at curbing long waits for procedures, usually.

Transit Minister Jeff Yurek told the Toronto Star there was “no way” the Ontario government would allow health professionals to choose whether or not to vaccinate children.

Regardless of what Yurek said, opting out of vaccinating is a matter of conscience, not medical judgment.

According to Ontario’s Act and Regulations on Immunization, it’s a health care provider’s duty to provide “herd immunity” (i.e. ensuring that all children receive vaccinations before diseases become prevalent in a community) and to ensure that they provide appropriate diagnostic testing and prophylactic medicine (i.e. anti-tetanus vaccines).

If a patient doesn’t get his or her vaccinations (either because he or she wants to, or because the practitioner doesn’t want to), then the risk to the child is huge.

For example, measles thrives in populations who aren’t vaccinated and spreads easily.

For most adults, being immunized provides lifelong protection against many viruses. Measles can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, encephalitis-containing brain inflammation, inflammation of the brain, blood stream diseases and blindness.

For babies, immunization is essential, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, because, “Infants can become infected with measles while their immune systems are still immature and may not be able to mount an effective response to infections, but their immune systems continue to grow.”

Unfortunately, public figures such as the University of Toronto’s Linda Avey, who’s pregnant with twins, can’t opt out of vaccinating their children. That’s because the babies already have received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

But that shouldn’t stop other Ontarians, particularly doctors, nurses and health care professionals, from refusing vaccination because they don’t want their practices to suffer because they don’t want to kill their patients.

It’s time for the leadership in the Ontario government to demonstrate the compassion that the people of the province deserve by allowing doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to refuse treatment without suffering professionally.

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