Time to Blow the Bridges?
vaccinations as more people exposed to measles virus
Released by Fraser Health
Authority/Voice file photo Dr. Paul Buynder. CMO
Health advises that cases of measles continue to occur in the
general Fraser East communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack,
Hope and Agassiz.
"The most recent cases
occurred in a public school student and a worker in a community
retail outlet thus exposing large numbers of the public during their
infectious period," said Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Chief Medical Health
Officer with Fraser Health. "We are disappointed that people who are
showing symptoms of measles are not isolating themselves as
requested by Fraser Health and as a result other people in the
community are being exposed to this infectious disease."
Measles alerts have been sent to students living on campus at the
University of the Fraser Valley, and to staff who worked at the
Chilliwack Lions Club Music and Dance Festival.
"The best protection against measles infection remains two doses of
measles vaccine. If you are not immunized, please talk to your
doctor or visit an immunizing pharmacist. We strongly urge all
people who are not vaccinated to get immunized," said Dr. Van
Buynder. In addition, contacts who have been asked to isolate
themselves until after the possible infectious period, which is 21
days after exposure, are urged to do so and not place the vulnerable
in the public at risk.
Children under the age of 5 years are most at risk of serious
disease and need to obtain the vaccine from a general practitioner
or a public health clinic. Information on vaccination clinics in
Fraser East communities for children between the ages of 1 and 5
years is available at http://www.fraserhealth.ca/your_health/immunizations/measles/news-and-updates/
Anyone with two documented doses of MMR vaccine is considered
protected. People born before January 1, 1970 are likely immune due
to previous measles infection and no immunization is recommended.
All individuals born on or after January 1, 1970 should receive 2
doses of measles-containing vaccine after 1 year of age.
Anyone that is seriously ill is asked to contact their doctor,
public health unit, or emergency department prior to arriving in
order to prevent the spread of the disease to other vulnerable
For further information about measles, visit the BC Centre for
provides a wide range of integrated health services to the largest
and fastest growing population in B.C. The health authority is
committed to improving the health of the population and the quality
of life of more than 1.6 million people living in communities from
Burnaby to Hope.
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