Measles according to Medical News today is also known as Rubeola or morbilli, is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus – a viral infection caused by the rubeola virus. Measles is an endemic disease; meaning it is continually present in a community and many people develop resistance. If measles enters an area where the people have never been exposed the result can be devastating.
Public health chiefs are trying to reinforce the importance of vaccination specially for children. It is also very dangerous not to get a measles vaccine during this season since people interact more often in schools at work or even at the mall because it is winter time.
According to an article in Global News, a month ago, Alberta Health Services predicted the number of those infected with measles to continue to multiply. Now health officials say their concern is not only containing the outbreak in southern Alberta but containing it to the province, and they have enlisted Lethbridge’s post secondary institutions to help.
The Edmonton Public School board are helping AHS in spreading the news about the outbreak in schools. Just this week a message from Alberta Health Services regarding Measles in Alberta was posted on Schoolzone accounts of students here in Edmonton. If you want to see the message please click the link below.
So make sure to get your vaccine as soon as possible because it is never too late to get your vaccine.
If you think that you may have been exposed to the measles, Alberta Health warns against visiting a clinic or hospital to help reduce the spread of the disease. People should instead call Health Link at 1-866-408-5465.
- AHS says all confirmed cases of measles are in unimmunized people (globalnews.ca)
- Alberta measles outbreak up to 28 cases, AHS expand immunization clinics (beaconnews.ca)
- Alberta measles outbreak shows importance of getting your shots: Editorial (thestar.com)
- Measles outbreak in Southern Alberta – Vaccine safe, says doctor (beaconnews.ca)
- Canada: Officials urge immunization after measles outbreak in Alberta (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
- Health officials concerned measles outbreak will spread during holiday travel (globalnews.ca)