CONCERNED parents of nursery children at a Solihull primary school affected by hepatitis A have slammed the Health Protection Authority for refusing to administer a vaccine to the tots.
Four cases at St Alphege Nursery and Infant School in New Road have been confirmed by the Health Protection Agency which is now advising the school on how to control the outbreak, along with Solihull NHS Care Trust and Solihull Council.
The viral infection is thought to have been passed from child to child by poor hygiene, but the original cause is unknown.
The infected children are believed to have a mild form of the virus.
All parents of children at the school have been informed with staff and pupils being offered vaccinations, except for those in nursery as they are classified as low risk .
One of the parents who did not want to be named has kept her child away from the nursery for fear of catching the disease.
She is also paying privately to have her two youngsters vaccinated at a cost of £30 each with a further £30 per child booster in six months time.
She said: “It’s disgusting that our nursery children can’t be vaccinated. They mix with the other children in the playground, they go in to PE in the main school on a Wednesday and also with the other children in assembly on Fridays so I won’t be sending mine in twice a week.
“A lot of parents are doing the same. The headmistress says her hands are tied.
“We have also heard that the school is cleaning the toilets three times a day. The doctors’ surgeries are making money out of this - they can’t charge their own patients for the vaccine so they are sending them to nearby surgeries to be treated as private patients. It’s an absolute mess.”
A spokesperson for the HPA said: “We take people’s health very seriously. Our decision was made on medical guidance and parents can contact the HPA for advice.”
Concerned parents can contact the HPA on 0121 255 0800.