Toronto Schools Mapped with Expemtions

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Toronto Schools Mapped with Expemtions
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Thu, 06-05-2008 - 11:54am

Toronto is facing its worst outbreak of measles in 12 years, with 21 cases since the middle of March. We’re kicking off the Map of the Week project (introduction here) with four maps dealing with vaccination of students in Toronto schools. An important part of the package is parentcentral.ca editor Brandie Weikle explanation of why many Toronto secondary school students don't have the shots otherwise required by law, and what that could mean.
http://parentcentral.ca/parent/article/437217

Percentage of the school-aged population (5-18) with vaccination exemptions
http://www3.thestar.com/static/googlemaps/starmaps.html?xml=080530_vaccination4.xml
As we can see, vaccination exemption is highest in M5J, the FSA that covers the Islands and an area of waterfront condos. It is also high in Bloor West Village/Swansea, High Park, the area south of the Annex to the lakeshore, Seaton Village/Hillcrest, Riverdale and the Beaches, Weston, and the Finch/Bathurst area.

Schools with the highest percentage of pupils with vaccination exemptions: Top 25
http://www3.thestar.com/static/googlemaps/starmaps.html?xml=080530_vaccination3.xml

Schools with the highest number of unvaccinated pupils: Top 25
http://www3.thestar.com/static/googlemaps/starmaps.html?xml=080530_vaccination2.xml

Schools with the lowest vaccination rates
http://www3.thestar.com/static/googlemaps/starmaps.html?xml=080530_vaccination1.xml

The two starting points for this project were two spreadsheets released by Toronto Public Health under access-to-information laws. One showed vaccination statistics for 861 Toronto schools, and the other gave enough address information of students whose parents have gone through the process of exempting them from vaccination that we could map exemption by neighbourhood, more or less.

The polygons on the first map are postal forward sortation areas (FSAs), the first three digits of a postal code. The amalgamated city of Toronto has just over a hundred, though not all are residential. FSAs are a useful unit for building this kind of map – they’re small enough to yield a lot of local information, while at the same time officials handling the FOI request can’t reasonably argue that anyone’s privacy is being compromised.

http://thestar.blogs.com/maps/2008/06/maps-of-the-wee.html






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Registered: 06-03-2008
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 11:56am
This is extremely useful information, and exactly what I was talking about in previous posts.
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2005
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 12:25pm

When I saw this in the paper today I immediately thought of you and that this was the type of information you are looking for. I live in Toronto BTW.

I don't have problem with the information but I truly do not think it is all that useful.

Just because someone is vaccinated does not mean they are immune. Vaccines have varying degrees of efficacy, primacy and secondary failures. That information is not captured.

Just because someone is NOT vaccinated does not mean that when exposed to a disease they will get it - they may or may not. My daughter's been exposed to chicken pox and pertussis twice and not gotten them.

I'd much rather concern myself with supporting her overall health and immune system through healthy diet of organic food as much as possible, exercise, limiting toxic exposures in the household, full-term breastfeeding (I'm nursing an almost 4 year old) etc.






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Registered: 12-14-2005
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 12:29pm

I should add that I also worry about the kind of "uproar" these maps are going to create already in comments on the article I see things like:

"I agree with this, and I don't think that children without vaccines should be allowed in the public schools."

"I say, if you choose not to vaccinate your child, then they shouldn't be allowed to attend school. It shouldn't be an option. It should be mandatory."

"Parents who do not immunize their children should be charged."

And I wonder how some of the school administrators are going to react to this being published.

Further, I am thankful that our Canadian Charter of Rights give us "choice" and that it will NEVER be mandatory in Canada.






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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 12:54pm

It's not an infringement so long as names aren't released.


Another personal story... when I was looking for daycare for my children I asked the one (that we're currently at) if it was a problem if I didn't vacc.

Rands

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 1:16pm

Hey Tash, did you hear that the Toronto Catholic school board voted to NOT offer a Gardasil vaccination program to their students?


iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2005
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 1:23pm

Hey Judi,

Not sure that is accurate, this is from 2007:

The Toronto District Catholic School Board voted Wednesday night to allow the human papillomavirus vaccination of Grade 8 girls in its schools.

The board had been feeling pressure not to allow the vaccinations in its 168 elementary schools. Some parents expressed concerns that the vaccination may promote promiscuity, while the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote in a letter a week ago that sex is "only appropriate within marriage."

The TDCSB voted 9-3 to allow the HPV program, which is designed to help prevent most kinds of cervical cancer.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/09/20/toronto-hpv.html?ref=rss

Maybe they have had another vote? And the Province just took over that board yesterday also.

I don't think vaccines have any place in the school period. And HPV is way too new to make any calls IMHO also.

I wish they would teach "safe sex" versus abstinence but alas - it is a religious school.






iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 1:42pm

geez, I've read articles all over on this (if you want, I can post one or two...) Yeah, heard how they're getting blasted for it, too...


Rands

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 1:43pm

Yep, new vote the other day 5-4.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 1:44pm

This was from yesterday or today from the Canadian Press:


http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5i_OYX__ioHgtqvexQbffArU9r89A

Rands

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 1:47pm

AH, it was Halton County!!!


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