Jackie Baillie has contacted the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman; NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and West Dunbartonshire Council to raise the concerns of her constituents regarding the diagnosis of a pupil at St Mary’s Primary School in Alexandria with Hepatitis A.
Constituents are worried due to the lack of vaccinations being offered to those attending the nursery school which is attached to St Mary’s, despite nursery pupils having older siblings in the primary school and the nursery and primary pupils sharing corridors and eating spaces. One constituent has fears over her own health and that of her family as she has a child with a heart murmur in the nursery, a two year old at home and is pregnant herself. Vaccinating all those who have potentially come in contact with the illness is seen as an effective way of stopping the spread of the infection.
Jackie Baillie said:
“I am concerned to learn that children at the nursery school adjoining St Mary’s are not being offered vaccinations against Hepatitis A despite many of these children having older siblings at the school and sharing the same spaces. It seems the safest and most sensible option is to vaccinate all those who could potentially have come into contact with the infection in order to stop it spreading further. I have raised these concerns with Jeane Freeman in the Scottish Government, the health board and with the Head of Education for West Dunbartonshire Council. I ask them to do the right thing and allow for all nursery pupils and staff to be vaccinated along with the primary school pupils to keep this unfortunate incident as an isolated case.”
Notes to Editors:
Letter to Jeanne Freeman from Jackie Baillie is below
As you will be aware there has been an outbreak of Hepatitis A at a local primary school in Alexandria.
I have been contacted by constituents who advise me that the nursery children and staff are not to be vaccinated as they are classed as low risk. However, I understand that the children share the same eating areas; corridors; and have siblings in both the nursery and primary.
One of my constituents has a child in the nursery who has a heart murmur and is understandably concerned for his health. She also has a 2 year old at home and is currently pregnant.
I am aware that the vaccination programme is to be carried out on Friday 1st February 2019 and would ask that you ensure that the nursery staff and children are vaccinated as well.