The Alberta Party says if they are elected to government in the Spring they'll put forward a policy that all children need to have vaccinations in order to attend publicly funded schools.

To register children in a publicly-funded school, parents would need to provide proof the child’s immunizations are up-to-date under Alberta Health Services’ routine immunization schedule.

Livingstone-Macleod candidate Tim Meech says it is a hot button issue.

"The problem is it has become a very polarized discussion," said Meech. "And it has become a serious public health issue. Plain and simple. It needs to happen and we need to have a policy in place to move things along."

Meech says the issue is worth having a good solid public debate about.

If the policy became law it would apply to all elementary, junior and senior high schools that receive public funding, including separate school boards and Charter schools.

 

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