Story highlights Coax Me appears to be a viable vaccine for protecting children against strains of measles
Toronto’s top doctor believes it will be available within weeks for those under age 5
The following is a list of everything you need to know about Coax Me.
The new vaccine: Coax Me isn’t a direct replacement for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, but it is a potential additional protection against two diseases: measles and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease.
For babies, the vaccination process is a little more complicated. While moms and dads are encouraged to immunize their children during the first two years of life, roughly three-quarters of Canadian children do not receive the MMR vaccine before their first birthday, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
While that’s a good starting point, parents who want to make sure their babies have some extra protection from the diseases covered by the vaccine are looking for alternative options.
Crave Me is one of those alternatives. The vaccine, which must be given through a doctor’s visit, is seen as a potential supplement or substitution for the MMR vaccine. The vaccine is currently undergoing ongoing clinical trials, and as of this writing, hasn’t received a recommendation from Health Canada.
While parents can look into a shot of the MMR vaccine if they have someone nearby who’s willing to give it to their children, it’s unlikely that many would do so given the high cost and hassle. The MMR vaccine costs roughly $28 a dose — which isn’t cheap, and a family of four might not be able to afford it.
There are several potentially cheaper options available to Canadian parents. The Cochrane Collaboration has found that a shot of Vitamin B12 may help babies to become less susceptible to the two diseases covered by the vaccination, and a shot of vitamin A also helps ward off Hib disease. There’s also a vaccine that targets the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium, but it’s a little pricier than the MMR vaccination.
As for Coax Me, Toronto’s Dr. Anne Glover, the city’s chief medical officer of health, says the vaccine will be available to every patient as soon as it receives a regulatory green light. She expects that could happen within a few weeks.
A vaccine like Coax Me isn’t completely a replacement for the MMR vaccine, but they both protect against all three viral strains — viral strains that can be deadly and result in outbreaks. They are also good, reliable ways to protect a child from the catch-all, “death-causing” disease that is measles.
What you need to know:
The disease: Here’s what you need to know about measles.
The vaccination process: The vaccine is given through a doctor’s visit, and there is a scheduling process that must take place prior to and during the vaccination process.
Cost: The vaccine is currently only given to children ages 6 months and up, and the cost is roughly $200 per dose. You can get a list of potential providers in Canada here.
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