Measles immunisation action taken
OUTBREAK FEARS AFTER SECOND CASE REPORTED
PERTH Waldorf School’s principal has quit amid fears of a measles outbreak in Perth, with a second case of measles confirmed on Friday.
The Steiner school in Bibra Lake has been forced to delay its planned August 26 open day due to the measles scare.
Acting school administrator Mark Phillips posted two letters on the school’s website, one on Thursday and one on Friday.
The letter states unvaccinated students who may have been exposed would stay home until August 14.
The school also announced it had accepted the Department of Health’s offer of a vaccination clinic at the school, with consent forms issued to parents.
A fellow Class 10 student, a girl, contracted measles in the first week of term when she was at school with the secondary school student who contracted measles while in Italy.
Opposition health spokesman Bill Marmion said the Opposition supported measures to maximise immunisation rates in the wake of Health Minister Roger Cook revealing the Department of Health was working to strengthen checks for early childhood vaccination records.
“Immunisation is a proven, cost-effective public health measure that reduces the spread of serious communicable disease,” Mr Marmion said.
“It protects individuals and the wider community.
“I appreciate there are people in the community who hold personal views about this issue, however, where the health of the public is at stake, governments have a responsibility to address policy issues at a macro level, and beyond personal preferences, which could have the potential to jeopardise the health of others.”