Sask. government encouraging residents to update measles immunization
There have been no confirmed cases of measles in Saskatchewan, but the province says it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“Because measles is a serious, infectious illness, we are urging all residents to ensure that their immunization and their children’s immunizations are up-to-date,” said Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer.
Given as MMRV vaccination, the province routinely vaccinates all children at 12 and 18 months of age.
“We are aware of measles cases in Canada and the U.S., and we are monitoring the situation here closely,” Shahab said.
Anybody born in 1970 or later are also eligible for the vaccination if they have not already received two measles vaccinations in the past.
Residents travelling outside of North America with infants six-to-11 months old should contact local public-health officers to see if they need vaccination against measles.
“Vaccines are safe and have saved more lives in Canada in the last 60 years than any other medical intervention,” Shahab said.
Symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, spots in the mouth appearing one or two days before a red blotchy rash appears on days three and five.
The symptoms can occur within eight-to-12 days after exposure.
The last case in Saskatchewan was reported in 2014.
Measles is a viral infection that can spread easily from person-to-person without direct contact.
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