Immunization program to protect against measles

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The Ministry of Health is launching a measles immunization catch up program for school age students due to the recent outbreaks in the province.

Students in SD8 – Kootenay Lake School District who have not previously been immunized against measles or require their second dose are eligible. The program will be offered by local health authorities and runs April through June 2019. A series of immunization catch-up clinic days will be scheduled for those children who may be unimmunized or not fully immunized for measles.

Watch for notices in your school newsletters and on the website for notification of these clinic days. The catch-up program is the first phase to prepare for a mandatory vaccination registry that will launch in September. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education will work together to ensure implementation of a vaccination registry is easy for parents and schools.

Information for parents/staff: Are you immunized? Check your records. To find a public health unit anywhere in the province,visit: www.immunizebc.ca/finder Learn more about measles and the vaccines at: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/measles