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Community Advisory - No measles in Sun Country Health Region

Saskatchewan Health issued a press release on November 14, 2011 regarding six cases of lab-confirmed measles in the City of Regina. Four of the six people with measles had not been immunized.

To date, there have been no cases of measles in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).  

Measles is highly contagious from about 1 to 2 days before the appearance of the rash, until about 4 days after the onset of the rash. Early identification followed by the implementation of infection control measures is essential to limit the spread of measles.

Symptoms usually occur within 8 to 12 days after exposure but this time frame can range from 7 to 21 days after exposure. Symptoms can include fever and rashes.

SCHR will enhance its measles immunizations of children this winter. Physicians have been asked to refer any children who are not up to date with measles vaccination to the local public health nurse.   

For more information about measles vaccines and other vaccines please check out our page on immunizations - http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/service/182/88/immunization.html

The coverage rates for measles immunization in SCHR are high:

  • 81.9% in 2 year old children in SCHR (Saskatchewan - 69.2% in Saskatchewan as a whole)
  • 95.7% in 7 year old children in SCHR (94.3% in Saskatchewan as a whole)

Adults born before 1970 are generally considered to have naturally-acquired immunity from measles. Younger adults should be immune after having received the vaccine. All adults born since 1970 are eligible to receive 2 doses of a measles-containing vaccine.

The Ministry of Health news release can be viewed at http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=0e154400-10f5-4596-8e3e-bd9757ade14e.

 

 

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