Earlier this year more than 20 people contracted measles in an outbreak traced to the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, an area where vaccination rates have fallen below the recommended 95 per cent.
Among those infected were two primary school students, leading their school’s administrators to keep home dozens of students without proper immunisations.
Teachers who couldn’t prove their immunity were also told not to come into work.
Given the current, very necessary push to ensure children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, we wondered, what about their teachers?
Do teachers need to be immunised? If not, why not?
A NSW Health reminder for parents to “save the date” and vaccinate:
As it turns out, there’s no national or state-level rules mandating teachers or childcare workers be immunised.
There are, however, recommendations.
A spokesperson from the New South Wales Department of Education confirmed the state “does not have vaccination requirements for teachers”.
Nor are their such requirements in Victoria.
In Western Australia, “vaccinations are strongly recommended but not mandatory” and seasonal vaccines, such as for influenza are subsidised, according to a spokesperson from their Department of Education.