Measles Misinformation Draws The Attention Of Canada's Chief Public Health Officer

Henrietta Strickland
March 15, 2019

He said this shows the primary care community is on high alert for measles cases.

"Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes [or] conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than 3 days", it added.

The Canterbury District Health Board says it has to prioritise the most vulnerable. It can be life-threatening, with one in 10 measles' sufferers needing hospital treatment.

The country's chief public health officer is urging her fellow doctors to answer questions from concerned parents about vaccinating their children to head off the spread of measles.

As of 2015, the most recent figures available, the health agency says about 89 per cent of Canadian children received the recommended dose of the measles vaccine by age two, and 86 per cent had received the recommended dose by age seven.

In an era where, thanks to the success of vaccines, we are no longer familiar with these risky illnesses, some parents have come to fear the prevention more than the disease.

The vaccine is combined with mumps and rubella vaccines into one vaccine called MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

MidCentral District Health Board Medical officer of health Dr Rob Weir
SUPPLIEDMidCentral District Health Board Medical officer of health Dr Rob Weir

"New Zealand usually uses about 12,000 doses of the MMR vaccine a month. the vaccination programme in Canterbury has no impact on stock levels for the childhood immunisations schedule in New Zealand", Pharmac director of operations Lisa Williams said.

Temple University will also update its policies for all incoming enrolled students to require the reception of the MMR vaccine.

Yet over the past few weeks, we have heard Canadian parents speak to the media about watching their children suffer through a vaccine-preventable disease.

"GP teams are also focused on providing the vaccine to young adults aged 14 years to 28 years who have never been immunised".

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said that it will step up its measles vaccination activities among school children from Kindergarten to Grade six before the end of the academic year.

Anyone who suspects they may have measles should stay away from work, school or public places to help prevent putting others at risk.

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