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Canadian Paediatric Society

‘Nosodes’ are no substitute for vaccines

May 11 2015

OTTAWA— A growing number of vaccine-hesitant Canadian parents are hearing more about an unproven homeopathic therapy, ‘nosodes’, as an alternative to routine vaccines.

In a statement released today, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) calls on Health Canada to introduce label changes and undertake a public education campaign to share the risks associated with nosodes as a vaccine replacement.

“Although nosodes are currently approved for human use in Canada, there is no scientific or medical evidence that they are effective in preventing infectious disease,” says Dr. Michael Rieder, co-author of the new statement and chair of the CPS Drug Therapies and Hazardous Substances Committee. “We are concerned that parents are not being provided with the best available evidence in order to make informed decisions about their children’s health.”

Current labelling on nosodes products does not fully capture the fact that nosodes are not a safe or effective alternative to vaccination.

In the statement, the CPS recommends:

  • Labelling on nosode products should be changed to read: “This product has not been proven to prevent infection. Health Canada advises that your child receive all routine vaccinations even if they take this product.”
  • Health Canada undertake a public education campaign to encourage vaccination uptake and provide Canadians with the best evidence as to the proven benefits of vaccination and the risks associated with vaccine avoidance.

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About the Canadian Paediatric Society

The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national advocacy association that promotes the health needs of children and youth. Founded in 1922, the CPS represents more than 3,000 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists and other child health professionals across Canada.

Last updated: May 11 2015