Measles, chicken pox and shingles vaccine plea at Hailsham Community College

PARENTS have been asked to make sure that students are immunised against measles, chicken pox and shingles at Hailsham Community College.

A letter sent out by the college said one brave student was receiving medical treatment for cancer/leukaemia. The student would face a serious health risk if exposed to measles, chicken pox or shingles.

In the letter, Claire Atherton, assistant principal, wrote: “The best way to protect a student from measles is for all students to be immunised against the disease.  If your child has not already been vaccinated, I would urge you to please discuss immunisation with your GP.  If you suspect your child has measles you should let the school know immediately.

“This student is also at risk from chicken pox and would need to be given an injection within three days of contact.  Therefore, please let us know immediately if you suspect that your child has chicken pox.

“Finally, it is also very important that you let us know if anyone in your household has shingles.”

No other children were at risk from the situation, stressed the assistant principal.

She added: “However, the health and wellbeing of the young person with cancer/leukaemia may be at serious risk.  We depend on the co-operation of all parents/carers in this matter and know we can rely on your help.”