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  It's actually not "most" do at birth. It's about half and half school age kids and birth/infancy. Six jurisdictions do not vaccinate for hep B at birth, electing for Grades 4-7 instead. Three provinces/territories do. Four vaccinate at two months. That's just simple political boundaries, not representative by population (ie. ON vs. NT, bit of a difference there). I edited my previous post to indicate that it's not just birth vs. school age, but a range of birth,...
  I would like to know what kind of questionable thinking would come up with an idea to target little kids and make them stand out in front of their peers and other parents, magnets for harassment, bullying, and hate-filled comments. Wow. The OP does realise it would be the KIDS who would bear the brunt of it, right? I have an idea. Let's also make all the kids with lice, the bedwetters, the ones with special needs, the ones with food allergies, the ones failing math in...
Saskatchewan Grade 6 http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/immunization-schedule   Manitoba Grade 4 http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/div/schedules.html   Ontario Grade 7 http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization/docs/schedule.pdf   British Columbia at 2 months http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyliving/diseaseinjuryprevention/immunizationschedule.html#child   Quebec at 2...
Here it is:   http://www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/imm-routine-schedule.html   We discussed this on some hep B thread elsewhere a while back. In some provinces, they do give it at birth. If I recall, three others wait until about Grade 4-5.   Okay, did the search, jurisdiction by jurisdiction. AB, SK, MB, ON, Nfld, and NS wait until Grades 4-7. The remainder of the provinces or territories have it on the schedule from birth.
  I'm not citing it as scientific evidence. I'm saying it's a government-approved and mandated schedule. The provincial government has apparently reviewed the data and made its decision (we'd hope it's based on some kind of science and not just a random age pulled from a hat  ) that it's not necessary to routinely vaccinate all infants at birth. I doubt there's any political reasons behind it considering Alberta is not some hippy utopia or something, but the most small...
  My former province still has it on the schedule at Grade 5. Not birth. There was some discussion about moving the shot to birth but as far as I can see on the provincial immunization site, it still hasn't been done. I guess they (and the other two or three provinces that also wait until ~ age 11-12) don't feel the timing is inadequate.
  That story is from 2011. This one is from the end of November 2012, and still nothing. Yet, in a few strokes of a pen, proposed legislation to remove the tax benefit from families who have COs on file. Interesting. Priorities well documented. You'd think they'd institute it as some sort of confidence measure in the immunisation program over here, given that the Fluvax fiasco has had many parents questioning not only products and scheduling but what avenues are open to...
  LOL.    I have my moments when rubbish like the above mentioned proposed policy gets bandied about or when the media ("No jab, no play!") gets itself into a tizzy. I think, "Hey even with all the snow, Canada is looking better all the time."   The analyses are correct in that this proposed policy to withhold family tax benefits (up to about $2K yearly) will only impact people who rely on it to make ends meet. The uber-rich non-vaccinating parents in Sydney that the...
Thanks for the kind response.   I might have to find the older child thread. I'm not so much concerned with what vaccine, timing etc. We've decided and our GP is on board with going off label and using the dT (as Australia doesn't make a childhood DT any longer). It's more of getting an 8 year old and 5 year old to go along with it. The first time, yeah, that might not be a big issue. Trying to get them to return for the second and third in the series, well, that...
  They'd probably recommend against my GP too. When we talked about it, he had some that he thought were vital and others that were much, much lower on his list.
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