Despite outbreaks elsewhere, no measles cases in Interior Health - yet

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Island Health also said any student or staff who becomes unwell at school, particularly if they develop fever and a red rash, should be sent home as soon as possible and seek medical care if exhibiting measles symptoms.

"We're talking about 162 people that have been pulled from the agency away from their regular jobs to actually support this outbreak investigation".

Since that time, multiple large and high-quality studies have been conducted that demonstrate there is not an association between autism and MMR vaccine.

"Measles is a disease that doesn't need a lot of susceptible individuals to start a serious epidemic", said Dr. Gaston De Serres, an epidemiologist and expert on vaccination with the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). People are contagious for about five days before symptoms develop and then it presents like a flu before it develops into a rash. Most people born before 1978 have had measles infection and will not get measles again.

Meanwhile, Clark County Public Health has spent about $500,000 responding to the measles outbreak, bringing the statewide total over $1 million, says Dr. Alan Melnick, the county's public health director.

Unvaccinated children aged 5 and below are at highest risk of the disease, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo earlier said.

The two bills come amid an outbreak that has sickened at least 64 people in the state - all but one in Clark County - leading Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency.

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The most recent statistics from AHS are from 2017 and indicate that 87 per cent of children in Alberta had received their first measles vaccine by the age of two and 79 per cent had received their second shot by the age of seven. In 2015, an outbreak in the Lanaudière region affected 163 people.

Last year, six cases were reported.

If you think you have contracted measles, be sure to alert your doctor before you go for a checkup, so they can quickly get to you.

Cadesky said young patients like Bisset are often exposed to ideas and beliefs among their peers that differ from those of their parents, causing them to look for validated information, "and they're correctly concluding that vaccination is safe and effective". "While measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa".

"And if we don't get vaccine coverage up to higher levels in Canada, throughout Canada, for community protection, we're going to continue to see these pockets (of cases)".

Caroline Quach, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Ste-Justine Hospital, said Quebec could do even more to make sure adults and children have every opportunity to be vaccinated.

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