Image copyright Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Image caption The vaccine is normally administered with a needle
In a desperate attempt to combat high child immunisation rates, the mayor of Toronto has appealed to his city’s comic book heroes for help.
Vaccinations of three-month-old children is considered “game over” by the mayor of Toronto.
Speaking in a New York comic book convention, Toronto Mayor John Tory urged residents to get their children vaccinated against contagious diseases such as CMV and CMV-17.
Mason, Iron Man, Daredevil and Superman were among those who came to the rescue, reports the Toronto Star.
What is CMV?
CMV is a viral infection that, in rare cases, may be sexually transmitted.
It can cause serious complications in people with weakened immune systems.
How could this affect child vaccinations?
Children are given a vaccine against CMV when they are three months old. CMV is often undetectable until later in life.
David Tuggle, from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, said that 99% of babies who become infected with CMV recover from the infection without any symptoms.
The mayor urged citizens not to take this for granted and that families “need a CMV vaccine with every three-month-old shot.”
He cited a 2016 Toronto Public Health survey that said that: “Between 2006 and 2014, the CMV immunisation rate in Toronto decreased from 82.3% to 58.3%. With this weakened immunisation rate, CMV disease can be as devastating as some infectious diseases that the city has already seen.”
He told adults: “If you don’t vaccinate your children against CMV, they will not be protected against CMV disease.”
Residents were asked to send requests for cleantech superhero help on Twitter and to wear superhero masks and cosplay outfits, as a costume for CMV vaccination.
The Toronto Police Service provided news of an offer of help in March, but this is the first time that a superhero organisation has joined the cause.
According to the MCIB, CMV is on the rise in Canada. Last year, the World Health Organization declared it a “serious epidemic.”
Prof Fieri, head of research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, told the Star that it was a “bizarre paradox” that Toronto could have a low CMV vaccination rate given its status as “one of the most highly populous cities in North America”.
He urged residents to get their children vaccinated.
“We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people, if they live in Toronto, who are vulnerable,” he told the Star.
Image copyright MCIB Image caption The superhero superhero overspill was a protest against Canada’s demonization of brown people
There are two CMV vaccines available.
The PCVPC-5 is a 12-week course and costs $99. The Q-VicDA isn’t covered by insurance, so costs $250.
Research on the effect of CMV infection has found that it can help raise the risk of serious complications and death, such as encephalitis, pneumonia and encephalitis.
Canada has faced a backlash over fears that people with brown skin are being stigmatised.
In 2017, Toronto was forced to investigate accusations of racism after a statue of a black activist was removed from a park over complaints that it stereotyped black people.
A conference on “Race and Diversity” was shut down at the university where hundreds of thousands of students study following an “ethnic group awakening” from fear of racism.
Anxiety over CMV immunisation rates were previously blamed on the contentious issue of measles vaccine to prevent the disease’s resurgence, which has recently been seen in some areas of Canada, Russia and the US.