Delaying MMR in Canada?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-12-2007
Delaying MMR in Canada?
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 6:52pm
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 05-12-2008 - 10:00pm
Judi and


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 8:22am

Hi there Erin,

My Andrew's MMR was delayed, but I didn't do it on purpose...I just didn't take him in for his well baby visits at 12 and 15 months!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 11:04am

Welcome to the board Erin,

Judi said:

"If he/she doesn't like it, then see if you can find a new physician. They may make you sign something, read it thoroughly before you do and don't sign if you don't agree.... If you don't want your child to have it right now, then make it clear to the physician. I think the biggest problem is that people don't think they can say NO. You can say no and if your doctor doesn't respect that decision, then it would probably be time to start looking for another physician."

Judi is bang-on, I am also in Ontario and shots are given by our family doctor. Could you explain a little about how the health centre works?

The other thing you should know is that vaccines are not required by law in Canada:

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Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution. Only three provinces have legislation or regulations under their health-protection acts to require proof of immunization for school entrance. Ontario and New Brunswick require proof for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella immunization. In Manitoba, only measles vaccination is covered. It must be emphasized that, in these three provinces, exceptions are permitted on medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulations must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization."

Immunization in Canada - Volume: 23S4 - May 1997 - Canadian National Report on Immunization, 1996 Health Canada Website English

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Based on the above the health centre can not refuse refuse your wishes.

You could try calling Edda from VRAN - I am sure she knows more about the Alberta medical system than I do: