ABC News are reporting that the ACT may follow NSW’s lead in considering to allow childcare centres and preschools to excuse children who have not been immunised during outbreaks.
Katy Gallagher is against the idea.
Ms Gallagher says ACT’s chief health officer is looking at better ways to keep non-immunised children at home when cases of whooping cough or measles emerge.
“Part of the next issue could be if there is an outbreak of something, all the unimmunised children get excluded for that period of time,” she said.
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“That’s what happened when we had an outbreak of measles at a particular school.
“The children who weren’t immunised were required to stay home until the outbreak had finished.”