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LETHBRIDGE - Alberta Health officials say there are no confirmed cases of measles in southern Alberta, as B-C and Ontario deal with increased levels of the illness.

 

However, they're still encouraging you to get immunized, as it's the most effective way of protect against measles.

 

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vivian Suttorp says one of the reasons they're running this prevention campaign is because the cases in BC and Ontario are a similar strain to what has been found in the Netherlands and people in the Lethbridge area also have a strong linkage to the Netherlands.

 

Suttorp adds "the target set by Alberta Health for childhood immunization is 98 percent and we have some communities with immunization rates less than 70 percent and so that renders a lot of children in those communities not immune and vulnerable to disease."

 

Individuals who have already received two doses of measles containing vaccine, who have had measles in the past, or who were born before 1970, are considered immune to measles.

 

If you are uncertain about your immunization history, or your child's immunization history, call your local public health office to discuss your immunization needs, and/or to book an appointment to receive immunizations.

 

Health care providers in Coaldale, Fort Macleod and Picture Butte will also be offered measles vaccine, due to the overall low public immunization rates in these communities.



Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 4/20/2014 3:01:13 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett - Country 95 News
 
 
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