Edmonton Catholic school trustees urge mandatory vaccinations for students

By The Canadian Press
April 21, 2017 - 11:21am

EDMONTON — Trustees with Edmonton's Catholic school system have passed a motion that urges the provincial government to make vaccinations mandatory for children in Alberta public schools.

Trustee Marilyn Bergstra put forward the motion, saying she believes vaccinations should be mandatory for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.

Bergstra says there's been an increase in the number of cases of measles worldwide, while outbreaks of other preventable diseases have also occurred this year in Canada.

Students in Ontario and New Brunswick are required to be immunized for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, although there are some exemptions.

(CHED, Global Edmonton)

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