Saturday, March 8, 2014
FHA Warns of Measles Outbreak
Vaccine available free to people born in 1957 or later
Released by Fraser Health/Voice file photo
Dr. Paul Buynder, Chief Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health, at a public health meeting in February 2013.
he Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) of Fraser Health is warning residents living in Fraser East communities (Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope) of a measles outbreak in low immunized areas of the region.
The most recent exposure to this highly contagious virus has occurred in a school in Chilliwack in a community with traditionally low immunization rates. Two confirmed cases of measles have been reported and Fraser Health is following up on dozens of linked suspected cases.
“We are urging individuals who may have been exposed to the virus to
contact their local Public Health Unit to be cleared before travelling
during Spring Break. The potential for this virus to spread as a result
is very concerning. This is a timely reminder not to let preventable
illnesses stop you from enjoying the things that are important to you.
We are encouraging everyone who has not yet been vaccinated against
measles to contact their doctor or health provider to receive the free
MMR vaccine,” said Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Chief Medical Health Officer
for Fraser Health in a release on Saturday.
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