Ontario is failing to meet national targets for most routine childhood vaccinations and the province needs a new immunization strategy, according to a report by the C.D. Howe Institute released Thursday.
Most provinces are falling short of the 85 to 97 percent mark for kids aged 7 when it comes to key diseases like the measles, mumps and rubella.
Policy Analyst Colin Busby says in Ontario there is a major gap in education and reporting because there is no registry for pre-school aged children.
Busby says ” it not just robs us of any ability to respond effectively in the case of an outbreak but it also prevents us from intervening better or reminding parents, should they have forgotten a dose of a vaccine.”
The report suggests adopting a model similar to Newfoundland where a vaccine tracking system begins at birth so that nurses can follow up and help with the decision making process.