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Motion seeks to ensure children at nurseries are 'adequately immunized'

02/11/2015 01:15 EST | Updated 04/13/2015 05:59 EDT
Coun. Christin Carmichael Greb has brought forward a motion for consideration on Wednesday, which is aimed at ensuring children at Toronto's day nurseries are being "adequately immunized" for measles.

The motion calls for the city's medical officer of health to report to the budget committee regarding potential enhancements to existing health programs to ensure young children are protected.

It says "Toronto Public Health does not have a day nursery immunization program as required by the Ontario Public Health Standards to ensure that all eligible children are adequately immunized against vaccine preventable diseases."

The motion has been deemed urgent. It will go onto the agenda immediately and council will debate it on Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. David McKeown, the city's medical officer of health, spoke to reporters at city hall before council resumed its meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

"None of the cases that have occurred so far in Toronto of measles have been in a day nursery. However, that is a population that we're concerned about. They should be as fully immunized as possible," McKeown said.

Toronto has seen six confirmed cases of measles in recent weeks. Investigation continues as to how these individuals contracted the virus.

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