ALBERTA

Measles In Calgary: Unvaccinated Students Should Stay Home

04/04/2014 06:12 EDT | Updated 06/07/2014 05:59 EDT
CALGARY - Alberta health officials have asked more than 100 Calgary students to stay home for the next two weeks because they have not been vaccinated for measles.

The request stems from concern over a growing number of cases in the province.

Western Canada High School says the Grades 10 to 12 students are to stay home until April 21 to help prevent the spread of the contagious disease.

The Calgary Board of Education is developing a plan for the students to continue their studies.

It says it will rely on the Internet to get instruction to students and attempt to get video and audio from classrooms to students online.

Students can also decide to write any test or quizzes when they get back and count those or in consultation with their teacher take an exemption.

Calvin Davies, a director with the board, says it’s a moving target they’re trying to hit, as they receive documentation around immunization records on a daily basis, updating that number.

Davies says a handful of teachers will also be staying home.

Western Canada’s student population is 1,200.

Cases of measles were reported this week in Calgary, Edmonton and central Alberta.

Last fall, there were 42 cases in the Lethbridge area.

Health Minister Fred Horne has said that parents should have their children vaccinated to protect them and other youngsters from the illness.

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