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Hayden said the vaccination rates at both schools is quite high, hovering around 95 per cent.

People who can not be vaccinated, including infants, people with certain underlying health conditions and those undergoing chemotherapy, rely on high levels of immunity within communities to protect them from the disease.

After a total of 9 measles cases were recorded in Vancouver so far this year prompting the local health authority to declare an outbreak, Victorians have been wary of the disease spreading to the island.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne viral infection that spreads by coughing and sneezing. A person is contagious for about four days before the rash erupts and four days after its onset.

A House committee last week advanced a measure that would remove the philosophical exemption option for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The alert was in response to an outbreak of nine cases in Vancouver, which was tracked to an unvaccinated Canadian child who reportedly contracted the disease on a family trip to Vietnam.

Even if your not traveling remember that many visitors come and go, but it only takes one infected individual coming in contact with an unvaccinated individual for the disease to spread.

"I'm not in favour of mandatory immunization, of forcing people to do something against their will", said Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C's Provincial Health Officer.

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Concerns over legal challenges, questionable effectiveness and punishing kids for parental decisions are more reasons why Dix says mandatory vaccinations are not the best choice.

Washington now allows vaccination exemptions for children at public or private schools or licensed day-care centers based on medical, religious and personal or philosophical beliefs.

Thirty-six students and staff at two French-language schools at the centre of a measles outbreak in Vancouver have been ordered to stay home because they either can't provide proof of vaccination or are refusing to vaccinate.

Asked about why he offered no commitment or timeline for mandatory reporting, Dix said certain procedures must be in place first.

"I think people are always aware that the things we immunize for are a problem", said Dr. Grant MacDougall, noting a recent outbreak in the Philippines led to the deaths of dozens of children.

In fact, many people shared a news story about a measles outbreak in Victoria from 2014.

Dix says following the Fraser Valley outbreak, the area became one of the highest areas for immunization in the province without any policy changes. However, parents can immunize their infants before the one-year mark, but because the risk of contracting measles in Vancouver is still low, Hayden doesn't recommend early vaccination, in part because it throws off a child's immunization schedule, and can result in missed vaccinations later on.


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