Teen hospitalised with measles was not vaccinated

A MOTHER'S claim she was discriminated against when being treated for measles at Tweed Hospital because she had not vaccinated her son has been rejected by health authorities.

The Byron family, who did not want to be named, sparked a disease warning when their 13-year-old son travelled to Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld while in the infectious stages of measles.

The boy became so ill he had to be admitted to Tweed Hospital. His mother also contracted the disease and also ended up in Tweed Hospital in an acute condition.

The child has since been released from hospital.

The family contacted the Daily News to complain about their treatment at the hospital.

The boy's mother said she had been discriminated against by hospital staff after suffering an allergic reaction to a drug administered as part of her treatment.

She said her severe reaction to the drug was ignored by medical staff for more than 10 hours and she believed this treatment was related to her decision not to vaccinate her child.

However, a spokeswoman for Northern NSW Local Health District dismissed the claim.

"At all times the patient has been assessed and treated, and is in a stable condition and recovering well," the spokeswoman said.

There have been four confirmed cases of measles in recent weeks and due to the large number of non-vaccinated people in the region, local health authorities anticipate further cases.

The Public Health Unit issued a statement saying the best protection against measles was vaccination, with two doses of MMR vaccine at least four weeks apart.

People born during or after 1966 and who had not had two doses of MMR vaccine should go to their GP to arrange vaccination as soon as possible, the health unit advised.

The vaccine is free but a GP consultation fee may apply.

The family is seeking legal advice.



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