New Brunswick pharmacists give support to legislation for mandatory immunization


Pharmacists in New Brunswick are throwing their support behind proposed legislation to remove non-medical exemptions from immunization requirements for public schools and licensed early childcare facilities.

Christine Boudreau, president of the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association, says while the recent measles outbreak in the province is over, there's a need to remain vigilant and work to prevent another one.

A dozen people became ill with the disease, but have all recovered.

Boudreau says in 2017-2018, only 76.4 per cent of children entering kindergarten met immunization requirements.

Pharmacists have begun gathering support for stricter immunization requirements by placing petitions in some pharmacies.

Education and Early Childhood Education Minister Dominic Cardy says vaccines are a safe and proven way to prevent the spread of many diseases.