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More than 20 children have been banned from a Melbourne primary school after two students contracted measles.

Education Minister James Merlino says students and teachers at Princess Hill Primary who can’t prove they are fully immunised against the viral infection will have to do their school work from home.

The health department confirmed on Tuesday the two students from Princess Hill Primary School in North Carlton are among five new cases of measles.

21 students out of 461 at the school will be excluded until March 1.

“Parents must vaccinate their kids,” Mr Merlino said.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy says the number of cases is expected to increase.

“Measles is a very dangerous illness, it’s highly contagious as well, we know people may not have had symptoms while carrying this illness and that is our great concern,” she said.

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  • Definitely agree! This should be a global campaign. It is not worth risking a child’s life because someone else does not agree with vaccinations. For the parents that do not wish to vaccinate then homeschooling is an option.

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  • well this is just another case for being vax’d. i wouldn’t take the risk of not doing it

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  • Measles is a horrible illness I hope they all fully recover.

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  • Was it a vaccinated child or an unvaccintaed child that was first diagnosed? How many children at the school were attending school with low grade fevers and runny noses prior to the “spots” appearing?

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  • Perhaps they should have been banned before the outbreak. Vaccination is very important

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  • When my niece was enrolled at the school her parents were asked if her vaccinations were up to date…in the 1980s.

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  • I completely agree! I would be so scared to send my child to a school where there are kids that are not vaccinated!!

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  • I am getting quite frustrated at this whole debate. In fact am I getting too scared to even mention the importance of immunising for fear of being attacked by those who don’t believe in vaccinating. And this includes some of my friends. I was amused, and comforted, to read that since the uptake of the no jab no play laws the vaccine uptake has increased significantly. Goes to show that a good portion of those not vaccinating are either complacent (being polite and not saying lazy) or that money is more important to them than upholding their anti vaccination views.

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  • I definetly agree. If the parents can risk their own children’s lives and not vaccinate then they shouldn’t put other children’s lives at risk too. It’s not right for these children to miss out on learning but it’s not worth an epidemic.

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  • I know the kinder here is very strict with being immunised, needing a copy of the immunisation record (not just the health book) otherwise they can’t attend. I wasn’t sure if it was like that in all kinders and schools, but if it’s truly needed for safety then I guess it’s okay. I do worry about the risks of immunisation and it does feel like you’re forced to get them or else you can’t get an education. Such a tricky situation.

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