declares measles has run its course
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Dr. Paul Byander
Health today announced the end of the measles outbreak in Fraser
East. Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Fraser Health Chief Medical Health
Officer, said the number of transmissions and new cases has vastly
been reduced, and while occasional cases may still be seen, the
outbreak response in Fraser Health is now coming to a close.
"The size of, and speed at
which, this outbreak spread resulted in more cases of measles than
the province has seen in the past 15 years, and was the largest
outbreak in almost 30 years," says Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Chief
Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health. "National Immunization
Awareness Week is an important time to remind parents how quickly
these diseases can come back, and that vaccinations are your best
shot at protecting your children from these preventable illnesses."
In a four-week period, the Fraser region had over 400 cases of
measles with some patients requiring hospitalization. Although
measles has been eliminated in Canada, it is still common in other
countries, and cases of measles and other vaccine-preventable
diseases are introduced to Canada on a regular basis. Your best
protection against becoming ill, or worse, is being immunized
against these infections.
"Life is busy and it's easy to forget to stay on top of your
children's immunization schedule," says Dr. Michelle Murti, Medical
Health Officer for Fraser Health. "Fortunately, new tools make it
easier to keep track of your child's appointments and immunizations.
ImmunizeBC.ca offers free text
reminders for immunization appointments right to your mobile
phone; and the new
immunization app allows you to keep track of your whole family's
immunization records, as well as access reliable information about
recommended and routine vaccinations for children, adults and
For more information on these tools and other immunization tips
About Fraser Health
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services to the largest and fastest growing population in BC. The
health authority is committed to improving the health of the
population and the quality of life of more than 1.7 million people
living in communities from Burnaby to Hope.
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