Province mulls vaccination registry in wake of measles outbreak
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Feb 23, 2019,
Feb 23, 2019, 1:38
Duque earlier said the outbreak in the regions may wane in April.
Meanwhile on Thursday, a petition calling on the B.C. government to make it mandatory for children attending public schools to be vaccinated - except for medical-based reasons - reached nearly 35,500 signatures on the website change.org.
To prevent outbreaks and eliminate measles, the World Health Organization urges countries to sustain the regimen of high immunisation coverage with two doses of measles vaccine.
"We have a universal immunization system in B.C. now, and the important thing - what we need to do - is to take the steps to make sure more people are immunized".
A total of 725 people contracted measles in Quebec that year, with 678 cases stemming from one adult who may have contracted the disease while on holiday in the Caribbean or at the Montreal airport.
"When people get vaccinated, they are protecting themselves and their community".
Measles is a highly contagious airborne viral infection that spreads by coughing and sneezing.
It's a good idea for people who have not had the vaccine and are planning to get immunized, she said.
All because a Vancouver family didn't get their own children vaccinated.
While there has been attention in the media recently related to outbreaks of measles in multiple states, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) can verify that there are no current outbreaks of measles in Kansas. "You could mandate certain rules about what is and isn't permissible when it comes to allowing people to have exemptions", he said. The rash usually starts four days after the other symptoms.
Of the 63 cases confirmed in Clark County, 55 were not immunized against measles, immunization status couldn't be verified for six cases, and two cases involved a child who had received only a single dose of the MMR vaccine.
Complications include ear infections that can lead to deafness, blindness, pneumonia and encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.
Hayden said the vaccination rates at both schools is quite high, hovering around 95 per cent.
"Because the number is very small, I cannot speak to details for privacy reasons, but I can say that we would always monitor these cases closely and be in direct contact with those individuals".
Measles, which is spread through air-borne droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes, can also be a killer.
Measles are on an upswing globally, with serious outbreaks occurring in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, as well as smaller outbreaks in the U.S.