Measles im­mu­ni­sa­tion ac­tion taken

OUT­BREAK FEARS AF­TER SEC­OND CASE RE­PORTED

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

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.”

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