Monday, March 24, 2014

Health News

More About Measles    

Fraser Health says 228 confirmed cases, SD33 superintendent responds

Released by Fraser Health/Voice file photo CMO Dr. Paul Buynder


raser Health's Chief Medical Health Officer is pleased that un-immunized people in Fraser East (Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope) are heeding the message about the importance of getting vaccinated and showing up to local clinics, pharmacies and doctors' offices to get immunized against measles.


Since the measles outbreak was declared on March 8th in low immunized areas of Fraser East, Fraser Health has been working diligently with schools, community groups, church groups and medical officials in the region to investigate the outbreak and institute control measures, including setting up dedicated immunization clinics in public health and general practitioner offices and urging people to get vaccinated.

"We currently have 228 confirmed cases of measles in the Fraser East region, and largely these cases are contained within the original community where the outbreak began", said Dr. Van Buynder. "We know our vaccine program is working because if it were not, we would be seeing measles cases multiplying outside of this specific population. I am encouraged by this and want to stress the need for people to continue to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves, their families and others from this disease."

The most effective protection against the measles virus is two doses of the vaccine. For information on vaccine clinics, including special General Practitioner clinics, in Fraser East communities, please visit:

If residents suspect they have been exposed to measles, or have developed symptoms, they should see their medical practitioner and notify the medical practitioner's office before arriving in order to prevent the spread of the disease to others at the clinic.


Drop-in Clinics added. See below.




Health News

Reducing Risk    

SD33 superintendent Novak reassures parents

Released by SD33/Voice file photo Supt Evelyn Novak


he well-being of our students is of paramount importance to the Chilliwack School District and once we received confirmation of the measles outbreak we began working closely with Fraser Health. Public Health staff are contacting the affected families directly and are working with the school district to minimize further risk to students, staff and families.

Letters were sent to parents and school staff providing the information on measles and the steps to take if measles are suspected. Students who are homebound will have homework provided by the school keep students as up to date as possible on their learning.

The district appreciates the cooperation it is receiving from parents and the timely response and direction our partner at Fraser Health has provided.


Parents can download the information sheet/letter the school district sent out here.



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