Half of Lower Mainland elementary school vaccination rates too low for measles protection

Photograph by: CHUCK STOODY , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Half the Lower Mainland elementary schools have measles vaccination rates of less than 90 per cent, the threshold needed to prevent the spread of the disease, according to data obtained by The Sun from the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health authorities.

Vaccination rates for the 2012/2013 school year show the percentage of kindergarten students who received two doses of measles vaccine, the most effective way to prevent infection and transmission of the highly contagious virus.

There are seven schools with vaccination rates of 60 per cent or less, three of which have fewer than 10 kindergarten students.

The school with the lowest vaccination rate in the region, Mount Cheam Christian School in Chilliwack, was also the epicentre of B.C.'s worst measles outbreak on record, with more than 400 confirmed cases in a four-week period.

Tara Carman Reports

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