Announcement Date : Jan 3 , 1972Categories: 1970s

Concern among some doctors that measles rates in Nova Scotia remain high despite the availability of the measles vaccine. It is reported at the 116th Annual Meeting of the Medical Society of Nova Scotia that 16% of all cases of measles in Canada in 1970 were reported from Nova Scotia. The Society recommends the introduction of a “routine rubella immunization” program and that measles and rubella immunization be made compulsory (PANS, Acc. 2013-017, File 1495). It also recommends that combined measles/rubella vaccine be made free of charge to doctors; that the government repeal the compulsory smallpox vaccine due to the fact that the risks of the vaccine outweigh the benefits; and the re-introduction of the oral polio vaccine.