New Brunswick’s attempt to remove vaccine exemptions has sparked a political, ethical and constitutional controversy.
The benefits of the legislation were marginal at best, but the heavy-handed tactics used to try to implement it were even worse. Citizens beware.
“Stop the hysteria over measles outbreaks,” wrote infectious-diseases specialist Neil Rau and former Ontario chief medical officer Richard Schabas in the Globe and Mail in 2018. “Historically, virtually every child born in Canada got the measles, but with better health and nutrition, far fewer died.”
Then vaccines reduced the cases even further.