London Drugs to host free measles vaccination clinics in Vancouver this week

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London Drugs will host two vaccination clinics this week in response to the recent measles outbreak in Metro Vancouver.

Pharmacists at the London Drugs location on Broadway and Cambie Street will administer booster shots or new vaccinations to adults and children aged five or older on March 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on March 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The vaccine is also available at all B.C. London Drugs locations. The company says calling ahead to book a vaccination appointment is highly recommended.

The vaccine is free.

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More B.C. residents are getting vaccinated against measles this year compared to last year, according to information from the provincial Ministry of Health, possibly in response to an ongoing measles outbreak in the province.

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Chris Chiew, London Drugs’ general manager of pharmacy, says the clinics are all about making the vaccine as accessible as possible. Chiew notes that people who are uncertain about their vaccination status should err on the side of caution.

“We are seeing an influx of patients, but there is still some confusion about who needs the vaccine,” Chiew said. “Some people can’t recall if they have had the vaccine or not. If you are not sure whether you have had an active measles infection in the past or have received a measles vaccination, it is safer to be vaccinated.”

Another case of measles was confirmed in the Metro Vancouver area last week.

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