Story highlights Which city ranked highest in vaccination rates?
A city has the most fully dosed employees, based on CNBC’s formula
News that one in every 50 Canadian children lacks a fully-immunized mother is somewhat alarming.
According to a large Canadian report released in September of 2018, that number jumped to 1 in 6 schoolchildren, a whopping 9.3% of schoolchildren in Canada are somehow immune to tetanus (a bacterial infection), whooping cough and measles. Because of this, the country announced a vaccination plan that will see all vaccinations up to four doses for some children required before they can enter kindergarten.
But before you assume there’s nothing to be done, there is. While there are no public vaccination programs in the country, Canada’s last Ministry of Health report showed that fully vaccinated employees are incredibly important.
In a recent report compiled by the Bureau of International Health Affairs, Cincinnati, Ohio was found to be the top city in Canada with a clean bill of health in terms of vaccinations. The bureau ranked the health systems in each city against six health pillars that are essential to a healthy society: eﬀorts to protect the environment, to combat infectious disease, to enhance infant health, to promote general health and to improve the physical and mental health of citizens. The bureau ranked Cincinnati by a number of standards, including screening members of the workforce for medical risks, increasing vaccination rates and creating models for successful health care.
Additionally, two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Toronto, ranked in the top five of all Canadian cities. Vancouver ranked at No. 3 and Toronto ranked at No. 5. The weighted formula for ranking the Canadian cities was based on factors including population, MMR vaccination rate, the cost of the system and whether or not it employed evidence-based tools. The key factor behind Cincinnati’s ranking was the percentage of “fully dosed” employees. This means an employee had been fully vaccinated against hepatitis B, C, D, and tetanus. Cincinnati ended up in fifth place for getting its employees vaccinated.
In addition to ranking rankings, CNBC ranked Canada’s leading cities based on which city ranked highest in vaccination rates, for which employee had been fully vaccinated against each of the six health pillars. The top eight health cities were rounded out by Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, New Brunswick, Barrie, Ottawa, Kingston and Moncton.
For example, Toronto ranked the highest in the category of building a plan that allows the institution to meet the needs of their employees, and in the category of mobile vaccinations using the Immunization Canada mobile vaccinations kit. The top health city in Canada was Vancouver, followed by Toronto.
In addition to these health rankings, CNBC also broke down the ranking by type of city. Topping the list in terms of developing models for successful health care systems was Barrie, followed by Moncton, New Brunswick, and Kingston.
Barrie ranked at No. 1 in the category of minimizing misperceptions of vaccination; New Brunswick ranked at No. 1 in the category of utilization of evidence-based tools; and Kingston ranked in the top five in terms of what percentage of workers is healthy.
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