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New Brunswick education minister warns against anti-vaccination message

Last Updated Aug 27, 2019 at 8:11 am PDT

Dominic Cardy speaks to media in Moncton on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. A committee of the New Brunswick legislature is hearing from supporters and opponents of more stringent vaccine requirements for New Brunswick children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
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People spreading misinformation about vaccine effectiveness are from 'far fringe', New Brunswick education minister says

New Brunswick legislative committee hearing from supporters, opponents of more stringent vaccine requirements for kids

NB government wants to pass mandatory vaccination legislation for children in schools, daycares

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s education minister says people spreading misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines are from the “far, far fringe.”

A committee of the New Brunswick legislature is hearing Tuesday from supporters and opponents of more stringent vaccine requirements for New Brunswick children.

The province’s Tory government wants to pass legislation making vaccinations mandatory for children in schools and daycares unless they have a medical exemption.

Education Minister Dominic Cardy opened the hearings by cautioning the committee about false information being spread by vaccination opponents.

He says getting vaccinated is safer than spurning vaccines.

The bill was introduced in June amid a measles outbreak in southern New Brunswick.