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American Samoans to be kept out of school if not vaccinated

January 9, 2019 9:42 am
American Samoans to be kept out of school if not vaccinated [Source: Radio NZ]

Health authorities say students in American Samoa will be stopped from attending high school if they have not been fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

In December a two month old child from New Zealand was admitted to LBJ Hospital with symptoms of the disease.

The Department of Health is driving a campaign to promote immunisation after recent cases were recorded in the Northland region of New Zealand.

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Medical Director Joseph Tufa says parents should make sure their children are protected from the potentially deadly disease.

The department has asked parents to provide proof that their children have received the meningococcal vaccine and booster shot.

The first dose is given to children aged between 11 and 12 years.

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