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Do you need a Measles Vaccine update?

Updated: Mar 12

Priorix (measles, mumps, rubella vaccine)

Measles cases have been detected in developed countries including the United Kingdom, Austria and Belgium. The World Health Organization reported 58,000 cases of measles in the year of 2023 in Europe.

Signs and symptoms of measles may include high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. These symptoms usually begin after 7 - 14 days from first contact. After several days of symptoms, a measles rash may occur and can result in severe illness. Contact your physician if you believe you may have been exposed to measles.

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam made the statement below in February 2024:

I strongly advise everyone in Canada to be vaccinated with two doses of a measles vaccine, especially before travelling.

Importantly, before travelling:

  • Children and adolescents should ensure that they have received both doses of a measles-containing vaccine.

  • Infants between 6 and less than 12 months of age should receive a dose of measles-containing vaccine if travelling to a high-risk area. A health care provider can advise on the best approach for your child.

  • Adults should ensure they have received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine if they were born in 1970 or later, and one dose of a measles-containing vaccine if born before 1970.

From 1982, Public Health in Alberta provided a combined Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine as a routine immunization for infants at 12 months of age.

The available vaccines in Canada contain Measles, Mumps and Rubella in combination. We recommend checking with your healthcare provider or immunization records to confirm if you have adequate protection.

Eli C, BSc Pharmacy

Axis Pharmacy Clinic

3503 20 St SW, Marda Loop, Calgary

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