May 3, 2014 2:44 pm

Long lines at Calgary measles immunization clinics

Families lined up hours before the doors opened at Calgary immunization clinics.

Jenna Bridges/Global News

Hundreds of Calgarians lined up early to get immunized against the measles Saturday.  Families showed up hours before the doors opened at Brentwood Village Mall for the second round of immunization clinics.

So far there are 23 confirmed cases of measles in Alberta. The most recent case was confirmed in Edmonton. 9 of those cases are in Calgary.

The following clinics are open Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m.

South Calgary Health Centre – 3 floor, 31 Sunpark Plaza SE

Brentwood Village Mall – Unit 302, 3630 Brentwood Rd. NW

The measles immunization clinics will offer vaccine to:

  • Infants six months of age to less than 12 months of age;
  • Children 12 months of age or older who have not yet received their first dose of measles vaccine;
  • Children four years of age and older who have not yet received their second dose of measles vaccine;
  • Individuals born in or after 1970 who have not received two doses of measles vaccine.
  • Health care workers, regardless of year of birth, who are not immune to measles.

If you have had 2 doses of the vaccine you do not need to get immunized again.

Symptoms of the measles include fever, cough or runny nose, a red blotchy rash that appears 3 to 7 days after the fever, which starts behind the ears then spreads.

The measles are extremely contagious. See your doctor if you think you have symptoms.

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