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Measles at Orana

By johnboy - 23 November 2011 88

The Health Directorate is warning of a measles outbreak at the Orana Steiner School:

The ACT Health Directorate has been notified of measles in students from the Orana Steiner School in Weston. Two confirmed cases were notified yesterday and investigations have led to the identification of further cases today.  

The Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly has written to parents at the school today. “We are asking parents of students at Orana School to be alert to measles symptoms, exclude their child from school if they develop measles, seek urgent medical advice and contact the Directorate,” ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly said.  

“Health Protection Service (HPS) has begun contacting people believed to have been exposed recommending post exposure prophylaxis in line with national guidelines.

“Priority has been given to contacting the household and those most recently exposed contacts at GP surgeries and the Canberra Hospital . The guidelines require the Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine (MMR) to be given within 3 days or Normal Human Immunoglobulin (NHIG) within 6 days.  

“Parents of any unvaccinated students in the same class as the students with measles are being asked to exclude their child from school until the end of next week,” the Chief Health Officer said.  

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Measles at Orana
Clown Killer 8:04 am 24 Nov 11

You’re sh!ting me, there are people so stupid they don’t vaccinate their kids!

Martlark 10:53 pm 23 Nov 11

Not surprised at all that a measles outbreak is happening at Orana. During my time there with my kid we were subjected to all sorts of anti vac propaganda. It was taken as a sign of commitment to the magic of Steiner.

Henry82 10:45 pm 23 Nov 11

Rusalka said :

Yes, it’s your choice to inflict preventable diseases with horrible side effects onto your children who don’t have a choice of their own. Sometimes choices are illogical and wrong, and people should feel fine to make these stupid choices if they only impact them, but not immunising children is not one of those choices.

+1 completely agree.

s-s-a 10:32 pm 23 Nov 11

I’ve had the discussions with the parents who are against immunisation and I just cannot get past the thought that they mustn’t have read their history books. Or have a very short memory. But as I said, it’s no skin off my nose.

Provided you don’t have an under 1yo who might have been inside Cooleman Court with one of the affected children before they were placed into quarantine?

It’s also skin off all of our noses if the epidemic becomes significant or ongoing, due to the impact it has on the health system that we all pay for – which is already stretched.

I know a few doctors who are no doubt walking the corridors of TCH muttering under their breaths this week.

s-s-a 10:21 pm 23 Nov 11

There are a few parents at the school who chose not to vaccinate their children. It is their choice….same as in the public, private and Catholic school systems. And no, they won’t be wishing they had vaccinated their children because they accept getting a dose of whatever is a consequence of their choices

Unfortunately, other people in the community who these infected children may have come into contact with (under 1yos, pregnant women, people who are immunocompromised) may not have made that choice. How many people in their 40s or younger know they have had two doses of MMR? I have, but possibly only because of overseas travel.

Measles is one of the most easily spread of all human infections. Just being in the same room as someone with measles can result in infection. (Source: ACT Health fact sheet) A patient is infectious for over a week, for several days of which they may have symptoms that resemble cold/flu but not the characteristic rash.

MWF 10:11 pm 23 Nov 11

I was very excited to move to Canberra. I thought, from what I read on the web, Orana would be an excellent school for my children. However, when I called to attend the Orana playgroup with my children I was told I would have to attend a “coffee morning” before I would be invited to attend the playgroup with my children. I asked if the “coffee morning” was simply a chance for the other parents to check me out before they decided if I was a suitable parent. The answer was YES.

Guess where my children did not go to playgroup or school?

Watson 10:00 pm 23 Nov 11

kakosi said :

It’s a serious problem that diseases which can be immunised against are not because of adults (who were no doubt immunised by their caring parents as children) decide to take a risk with their children’s lives. If this were the attitude of people a few decades ago we’d still have Smallpox outbreaks (which don’t happen now cause it was eradicated with a worldwide vaccination program).

Little comfort to the individuals who catch this illness as the side effects include: pneumonia, bronchitis, encephalitis, otitis media (leading to hearing loss) and thrombocytopenia. And if a pregnant woman comes into contact with the disease it can cause miscarriage, premature birth and a low birth-weight baby.

Source: Mayo Clinic

I had my child immunised – after considering the alternative for about 5 minutes – so that means that this does not affect her. Nor anyone else who was immunised. So it really isn’t any of my business. Until kids start dying or suffering lasting damage, then it would become a child protection issue, I suppose.

I’ve had the discussions with the parents who are against immunisation and I just cannot get past the thought that they mustn’t have read their history books. Or have a very short memory. But as I said, it’s no skin off my nose.

I-filed 9:47 pm 23 Nov 11

Kuku said :

Lissy said :

Bet the hippies wished they had immunised now.

Seriously though, I do hope the kids recover soon and are not too badly effected.

There are a few parents at the school who chose not to vaccinate their children. It is their choice….same as in the public, private and Catholic school systems. …

I thought the laws had changed about a year ago and it is now compulsory to have your kids vaccinated if they go to school.

btw homeopathic vaccination is bunkum. As is the Steiner philosophy! Rudolph Steiner was into phrenology for gawwsakes. Not to mention his own version of Aryan eugenics … he is often described as an “ancestor of Nazism”. I knew several bright children at a Steiner school in Sydney who were held back from reading until a particular set of their molars grew through. They were only allowed to recite fairy tales and draw, and were immensely frustrated. They all caught up eventually when sent to normal school, but were way behind at first.

Rusalka 9:44 pm 23 Nov 11

Kuku said :

There are a few parents at the school who chose not to vaccinate their children. It is their choice….same as in the public, private and Catholic school systems. And no, they won’t be wishing they had vaccinated their children because they accept getting a dose of whatever is a consequence of their choices. I don’t agree with that but that is my choice. But hey, don’t let a good generalisation stand in the way of your comments.

Yes, it’s your choice to inflict preventable diseases with horrible side effects onto your children who don’t have a choice of their own.

Not to mention the children of other peoples who choose to immunise but can’t as their child is too young, and then is also much weaker to fight off the disease your child gives them but could survive from.

Sometimes choices are illogical and wrong, and people should feel fine to make these stupid choices if they only impact them, but not immunising children is not one of those choices.

kakosi 9:39 pm 23 Nov 11

It’s a serious problem that diseases which can be immunised against are not because of adults (who were no doubt immunised by their caring parents as children) decide to take a risk with their children’s lives. If this were the attitude of people a few decades ago we’d still have Smallpox outbreaks (which don’t happen now cause it was eradicated with a worldwide vaccination program).

Little comfort to the individuals who catch this illness as the side effects include: pneumonia, bronchitis, encephalitis, otitis media (leading to hearing loss) and thrombocytopenia. And if a pregnant woman comes into contact with the disease it can cause miscarriage, premature birth and a low birth-weight baby.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Morgan 9:38 pm 23 Nov 11

I hope they can get some homeopathic remedies for this ailment

Kuku 5:49 pm 23 Nov 11

Lissy said :

Bet the hippies wished they had immunised now.

Seriously though, I do hope the kids recover soon and are not too badly effected.

There are a few parents at the school who chose not to vaccinate their children. It is their choice….same as in the public, private and Catholic school systems. And no, they won’t be wishing they had vaccinated their children because they accept getting a dose of whatever is a consequence of their choices. I don’t agree with that but that is my choice. But hey, don’t let a good generalisation stand in the way of your comments.

Holden Caulfield 5:35 pm 23 Nov 11

Brings a new meaning to a gifted child I suppose, if they have been gifted measles.

RiotFrog 5:31 pm 23 Nov 11

If only there were some sort of vaccine against this disease…

Lissy 5:09 pm 23 Nov 11

Bet the hippies wished they had immunised now.

Seriously though, I do hope the kids recover soon and are not too badly effected.

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