Students at a Christian high school in Burnaby will now have to have been vaccinated for things like the measles.
This, after four students came down with the disease after a spring-break trip to China.
Paul Tigelaar, the principal at Carver Christian, says parents are asked to make sure their kids’ shots are up to date, but they might not choose to.
“We do a very rigid screening of students beforehand. There is quite a significant process but I think we will certainly go beyond the required expectations in terms of ensuring immunizations.”
Speaking on the Simi Sara Show on CKNW, he says he’s not sure how one student who was infected wasn’t vaccinated.
Fraser Health staff held an immunization clinic at the high school today.
One of Coastal Health’s medical health officers says they are keeping an eye on two more possible cases of the measles linked to last month’s Air China flight.
Dr. Reka Gustafson says the two people being watched were not members of the Burnaby’s Carver Christian High School where four students have had cases confirmed since returning from a trip to China March 21st.
“So those two individuals, if they are confirmed, may represent our first cases of transmission but we’re very early on in our investigation.”
While she won’t say where the two people came into contact with members of the student group she’s confident the risk was caught early.
“The indivudulas presented at very early stage, they recognized that they may have been exposed to measles because we contacted them and told them and isolated early.”
Health officials put out a public warning after the school students arrived on a Air China flight to Vancouver March 21st.
Gustafson says they are now contacting everyone who might have come into contact with these two new potential cases.
Measles incubation period can be up to 21 days.