Given the recent cases of measles in western Canada and the U.S., the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding the public to ensure that they and their children are up-to-date with their measles vaccinations. While locally there have been no cases of measles in recent years, and no confirmed cases to date this year, the EOHU continues to monitor the situation in eastern Ontario.
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, urges residents to keep their vaccinations up-to-date not just to protect themselves, but to protect others who can’t be vaccinated – including infants. “Measles is extremely contagious and can be very serious for people who aren’t vaccinated,” he says. “It can be especially dangerous for infants who are too young to be vaccinated, and for adults who have compromised immune systems.” He adds that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent getting or spreading measles.
The measles vaccine is available free of charge at your healthcare provider’s office. It is also available by appointment at the EOHU, by calling 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120. For more information about measles and the measles vaccine, visit www.ontario.ca/measles.
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