I'm just beginning my research on vaccines and I got to wondering if there is a difference in the ingredients in Canadian vaccines versus those given in the US.
I am Rh-, so I need to get a shot to make sure my body doesn't produce antibodies to positive blood in case my little one turns out with the opposite Rh factor. I had to get the shot first when I miscarried last spring and now that I'm pregnant, I am supposed to get it again. I started researching the shot and found that the one given in the US contains thimerosal, while the one given in Canada does not. I find that quite interesting and started to wonder if any other shots would be different.
Not that I'm making my mind up just on thimerosal content or anything, but I figured that the vaccines up here might not all be the same. The laws are a bit different up here and stricter in some cases regarding pharmaceuticals.
Even province to province vaccine schedules and brands of vaccines used differ. I ended up looking at the diseases and finding out what the real risks of the illnesses are. I didn't end up researching the specifics of every brand of every vaccine given.
Only 3 provinces NB ON and MB have vaccine mandates for school. That just means you have to sign a vaccine exemption.
FYI BC is one of the provinces that does Hep B in the newborn period, Alberta and a few others don't.
Good luck with your research.
Thanks for the response. I already have a few books on vaccines and I have some other places I'm researching, but I was specifically curious about differences in vaccines in Canada versus the US since almost all of the information that's easily found is from the US.
By the way, BC actually doesn't do the Hep B shot in newborns. I don't know if they used to or not, but they aren't doing it now. I contacted one of the local hospitals here in Vancouver and asked about that stuff a couple of months ago. They do the vit K shot, eye drops and heel prick, but nothing else. I'm having a homebirth anyway, so it won't matter for that sort of thing. I'm not sure if that's a new thing they stopped doing or if BC Women's Hospital just doesn't do it. (that's the one I called.)
If you look at the link I provided, to the most recent vaccination schedule for BC, you will see that they start with the Hep B vax at 2 months, which is why I said "the newborn period", and not "at birth". In AB and a few other provinces they only start Hep B at grade 4 or 5. Your right though they don't do it in hospital at birth like in the states.
To find out what specific brands of vaccines that are give in your area you'll have to find out from whom ever you'd get the vaccines from. Here in AB it's the health units. In other provinces it you specific doctor. Our health care is governed by our provincial governments so it's a little more difficult to track down.
This link has a bit more info on the vaccines given in BC.