Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Health Minister Addresses Issue of Mandatory Immunization

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Health Minister Addresses Issue of Mandatory Immunization

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Minister talks about mandatory immunization

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EDMONTON - Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says she does not agree with the Edmonton Catholic School board's motion to make vaccinations mandatory in Alberta schools.

Hoffman says there have to be some exceptions to the rule.

Hoffman says some children physically can't have vaccinations for a variety of medical reasons.

But she says vaccinations are crucial in dealing with things such as the recent outbreak of mumps in the province.

At least 30 cases of the disease have been diagnosed this year already.

That's up from eight cases in all of 2016.

"We want to use education and an opportunity to inform parents," says Hoffman. "Sometimes parents aren't even aware that their vaccinations are outdated. …

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