Measles outbreak: Wellington schools, early childhood centres warned of risk

Measles Misinformation Draws The Attention Of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer

As Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, I am very concerned to see vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly those as serious and highly contagious as measles, making a comeback in Canada and around the globe.

In Metro Vancouver so far 17 cases of this disease have been identified and the cause of the outbreak that began about one month ago seems to be tied with some French schools.

Some people think that instead of vaccines they can user nosodes, homeopathic remedies, but Health Canada has addressed the false claims around them in an advisory warning.

The government has been conducting vaccination programs around the country to fight measles as cases continue to rise.

Tam mentioned that she has a plan to collaborate with stakeholders and partners in order to make the health of children a shared priority by addressing the misinformation around vaccines and its alternatives. Some parents may question, hesitate or delay vaccinating their children for a variety of reasons, but they all want to protect their children from harm.

"We are targeting to vaccinate our schoolchildren at this time before school closes on April 5, since we are nearly finished vaccinating in our health centers", Duque said.

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Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.

The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring. "And the second dose of the vaccine is for that small percentage who do not gain immunity from that first vaccine", he said.

There is no cure for measles, but most people fully recover within two or three weeks. Tam, in her statement, talks about parents who in the past few weeks have spoken of the hard recoveries that took weeks or months, the permanent disabilities some children face and, in some cases, deaths.

A Sydney baby - too young to receive their routine measles vaccine - also developed the disease after arriving home from the Philippines.

For children, the effects of the disease can be worse.

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