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
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