SABC News - Cape Town measles outbreak prompts vaccination drive:Thursday 16 February 2017

Cape Town measles outbreak prompts vaccination drive

Thursday 16 February 2017 05:33

Chris Mabuya

The risk associated with vaccinations are minute compared with the risk associated with developing the disease.

The risk associated with vaccinations are minute compared with the risk associated with developing the disease.(REUTERS)

The City of Cape Town will embark on an extensive measles vaccination campaign following an outbreak at a school in Stellenbosch.

Mayoral Committee Member for Social Services, JP Smith, says more than six cases have been confirmed at the school. He says laboratory tests done on other pupils are still outstanding.

He says: "I want to encourage parents, caregivers and communities at large to help us make a success of the upcoming campaign. Sign the consent forms for your children promptly as the health staff will not visit the creche or school again.If your child missed the campaign, visit your local clinic for advice.

"We're aware that there is anti-vaccinations lobby but the risk associated with vaccinations are minute compared with the risk associated with developing the disease," adds Smith.

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