DOH sees possible reversal of measles outbreak by April
DOH sees possible reversal of measles outbreak by April
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23 February, 2019, 03:24
The DOH said it recorded 11,459 confirmed cases of measles, with 189 fatalities from January 1 to February 20 this year.
The Vancouver cases are linked to an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease during a family trip to Vietnam, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry expects there will be more.
Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes.
Dix stopped short of saying a plan is in place or when it might be announced, but he noted that some of the groundwork has already been done: the idea of a vaccination records registry had been contemplated after an outbreak of 343 cases of measles in B.C.'s Fraser Valley region in 2014.
The penalty for failing to have a child vaccinated is $4, according to the 159-year-old Vaccination Act of 1860.
Island Health said no cases of measles have been reported on Vancouver Island. The disease can also be fatal.
Public health officials say the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the most effective way to prevent infection. People who came in contact with the infected individuals are being monitored.
If "certain states continue down the path that they're on, I think they're going to force the hand of the federal health agencies", he added. "The recommended two doses of the measles vaccine provide even greater protection - 97 percent".
The recent outbreak prompted a Lower Mainland mom to resurrect her online petition calling on the B.C. government to make vaccinations mandatory for public school enrollment, with exceptions for those who can not receive vaccinations for medical reasons.
Children normally receive their first dose at the age of one and a second dose between the ages of four and six.
Routine childhood vaccines are required to stay in school, but more and more parents are opting out for what they call personal or religious reasons.
The Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School Division do not require proof of vaccination at the time of registration and both school board would follow the direction of AHS should a risk of exposure to measles become apparent.
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