National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System (NASS)
The National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System (NASS) just released it first report ever: Autism Spectrum Disorder Amoung Children and Youth in Canada 2018. This surveillance report is “Made in Canada” and provides a first reporting of national data and information to improve our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada. It is based on data collected in 2015.
Data were collected from six provinces and one territory and showed an overall incidence rate of autism in one in 68 children, with the age group of 1-4 having grown the most. The report found that boys were 4.1 times more likely to be affected as girls.
Autism Rates in the Different Provinces
Why are the numbers in Labrador and Newfoundland the highest?
Well, there is another interesting Canadian report available on vaccination coverage rates in the different provinces in Canada, called Vaccine Coverage in Canadian Children, published in 2013. Guess who had the highest vaccination rates? Labrador and Newfoundland. And the lowest? The Yukon. An exact mirror to the autism rate statistics. Please see below a rendering of their table for MMR vaccine uptake. You can read the whole report here.
TABLE 7: Estimated vaccination coverage for measles, mumps, and rubella by two years of age across provinces and territories—childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey, 2013, by 2 years of age
Measles, Mumps Rubella, percentages vaccinated
Measles 1-2 doses Mumps 1-2 doses Rubella 1- 2 doses
Newfoundland and Labrador 95.1 95.1 95.1
Prince Edward Island 90.2 90.2 90.2
Nova Scotia 85.8 85.5 85.5
New Brunswick 92.3 92.3 92.3
Québec 90.6 90.6 90.6
Ontario 92.6 92.0 92.0
British Columbia 86.9 86.9 87.6
Yukon 85.2 85.2 85.2
Canada overall 89.6 89.2 89.2
Vaccine coverage for other vaccines was very similar with highest vaccination coverage for all vaccines in Labrador and Newfoundland and lowest in the Yukon, with the other provinces in between. More to follow but you can read the whole vaccine coverage report right here. This is a very interesting finding with as yet unkown repercussions. To be continued.
Anke Zimmermann, ND
Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Pediatrics
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