Despite plummeting rates of pertussis, some Ontario children will still need to get the vaccination in 2019

Yesterday, Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced that, while the planned prevention of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, called COVID-19, continues to progress, it’s now planning to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 next year.

“TSFR was invited to the Toronto Regional Public Health Authority meeting with the Ontario Nurses Association and Greater Toronto Public Health (GTPH) to discuss COVID-19 implementation. TPH was not asked to provide any alternative strategies other than continuing with the pertussis vaccination program.” — Dr. Catherine Sellens, executive director of TPH

The inoculation, for children aged 5 to 11 years old, is expected to be rolled out from October 1, 2019. “TORPA was told the immunization campaign was proceeding as scheduled,” said TPH in a release.

“We strongly recommend all children and adults receive DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine), TDM-1 (tommyrotophilus influenzae-1) and the BCPL (campylobacter, rotavirus and bacterial conjugate vaccine) within the next two years,” said Scott Sinclair, vice president of prevention programs for TPH. “This will reduce the risk of contracting the disease.”

The requirement for children to get the vaccination “means those most at risk for severe reactions will be vaccinated in an active campaign while school’s in session,” according to the release. “However, additional vaccines are needed for infants who are six months old or younger or older children or adults who are not carriers of the disease.”

The roll-out, combined with the inclusion of tablets for use in neonatal intensive care units, as well as the development of new formulations for the long-acting antibiotics Tdap and BC PrimaCo, is expected to lower the number of cases of pertussis, which have been dropping, in Ontario.

Read the full press release here.

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