ly immunised. Surprise, surprise.
I mean seriously, let us not beat around the bush here. Surely this is all the evidence we need to show that not vaccinating causes the return and spread of vax preventable diseases. It just seems so clear.
"SCHOOLS are on high alert after an outbreak of measles.
The health scare involving 40 cases concentrated in the Campbelltown area comes as new medical research shows a record number of parents are refusing to immunise their children.
Ten of the reported cases in the South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) have put sufferers in hospital in the past two months.
The majority of those affected have been school-aged children and babies under 12 months old.
The Department of Education confirmed four high schools and a number of primary schools had circulated letters of warning to parents.
In all cases, those infected were not fully immunised.
Meanwhile, Australian Doctor magazine has revealed the number of parental objections to vaccinations are at an all-time high.
According to statistics collected from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register, 30,882 parents have formally objected to their child being immunised.
Of the more than two million children on the register, more than 6000 have no vaccination history.
Dr Stephen Conaty, the SWSLHD's public health director, said the measles outbreak came from Thailand and most of those affected have been of Pacific Islander descent.
Dr Conaty said this was because people may have moved to Australia between their first and second dose of the vaccine.
"Normally we don't see any cases of measles. In Australia we do not have indigenous measles - so we do not see cases except of these outbreaks," he said.
"It is not usual for people to go to hospitals. We are asking families that if their children develop symptoms consistent with measles, go to your GP."
Symptoms are flu-like at the beginning of infection, coupled with conjunctivitis and fever, with a rash following three to four days later. Dr Conaty said there had been no evidence the virus had spread beyond southwest Sydney.
Three high schools in southwest Sydney have run free immunisation programs for students, with a fourth school running an immunisation round on Monday.
The Education Department said it was alerted of the spread of measles in the area in the first week of this school term.
"The region forwarded the letter to principals and asked them to alert parents, particularly in areas that had greater prevalence," a departmental spokesman said."