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City of Toronto employees are vaccinated against measles for a rate that is much higher than the national average, according to a study.
Data from 2016-2017 show 87.1% of its employees fully vaccinated, while Ontario as a whole has just 74.5% said to be vaccinated.
The Toronto study compared in-house nurses and supervisors to 40 others across Canada.
Its authors say such high vaccination rates indicate a “social norm” of vaccinations is higher.
Their report said it could be a “model” for other regions with a minority population living in the city.
Dr Mark Evans from the St Michael’s Hospital noted in the study that medical professionals working in offices with larger numbers of employees, for example police officers and teachers, are in a higher risk of infection.
The federal study
Dr Evans’ study comes just weeks after a national study by Public Health Ontario (PHO) revealed that only 76.7% of Toronto’s adults aged 25-64 had received the recommended 2-dose schedule of vaccines.
The 2016-2017 data showed just 70.7% of its employees had the full series of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP).
Just 2.2% had received the second dose, which is needed to boost immunity.
Ontario Health Minister Helena Jaczek said in a statement that the results of the Toronto study would be “eye-opening to those who don’t know the importance of vaccinations”.
“I look forward to more information from the City of Toronto as to why the rates are as high as they are.”
She added that everyone needed to get vaccinated against measles, which she said had the potential to spread, and urged people to do so.
PHO said in a statement that it would continue to offer 1-dose vaccinations and supplementary vaccinations, in order to encourage vaccination.
Up until four years ago, it had a mandated immunisation coverage rate of 95%, but dropped to 70% last year.