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More Measles in Saskatchewan

Additional cases of measles have been identified in Saskatchewan and there are measles cases occurring in five provinces in Canada.

Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region, is strongly encouraging parents to ensure their children receive their measles vaccines on time and that they have received both doses of measles vaccine by 18 months of age.

Parents should call their local Public Health Nurse to make an appointment if their children are not up to date with their measles immunizations. Two doses of measles vaccine are required for full protection. The first dose is recommended at 12 months of age (after the first birthday) and the second dose is recommended at 18 months of age.

The most recent immunization coverage rates for measles in SCHR are high:

  • 85.2 per cent of children have had two doses of measles vaccine by their second birthday in SCHR (75.3 per cent in Saskatchewan)
  • 97.5 per cent of children have had two doses of measles vaccine by their seventh birthday in SCHR (91.3 per cent in Saskatchewan)
  • 98.9 per cent of children have had two doses of measles vaccine by their seventeenth birthday in SCHR (96.4 per cent in Saskatchewan).

Adults born before 1970 are generally considered to have naturally-acquired immunity from measles.

For information about measles vaccines, call your local Public Health Nurse or check out – and

For more information about measles in Saskatchewan, check out this link - and

Measles is a highly infectious and can be easily transmitted through the air. Measles symptoms can develop as early as seven days or as late as 21 days after exposure. Symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Rash

The rash generally starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body.

People who develop symptoms are encouraged to call ahead to their health provider when seeking medical advice, to avoid exposing others. For more information on measles symptoms call HealthLine at 811 or visit

Contact a Public Health Nurse in your area if you have questions about measles or your immunization records.  

  • Weyburn Public Health             306-842-8618
  • Coronach Public Health            306-267-5705
  • Radville Public Health              306-869-2555
  • Kipling Public Health                306-736-2522
  • Carlyle Public Health                306-453-6131
  • Redvers Public Health               306-452-4020
  • Oxbow Public Health                306-483-2313
  • Estevan Public Health               306-637-3626

More information is also available online at


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