Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) recommends that anyone who hasn’t had the measles or been vaccinated get a vaccination, which is available free of charge at VCH public health units. More information is available at http://www.vch.ca/public-health/health-topics-a-z/topics/measles.
Children receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12 months of age followed by a second dose before six years of age. Families with children too young to be vaccinated should not be fearful that their infant could possibly catch the measles in a public facility.
The Park Board has also advised staff at the four community centres to be extra diligent in cleaning the facilities.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air. It starts with fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. These symptoms develop between seven to 21 days after a person is exposed. A characteristic rash then develops, beginning on the face and spreading down the body.
Most people in Canada are protected against infection through immunization with the MMR vaccine. Two doses of MMR vaccine are 99% effective at preventing measles.
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