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BC Launching New Measles Immunization Catch-Up Program

Measles Immunization Catch-Up Program

On Wednesday, the province announced that they are launching a measles immunization catch-up program for BC children.

The program will run from April through June 2019 and will be made available in schools to children (from kindergarten to Grade 12), public-health units, community health centres and mobile community clinics in select regions.

This program was designed to “make it simpler and stress-free for parents to ensure their children are adequately protected from measles”.

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“With outbreaks of measles occurring globally and here in B.C., we know we will see threats of further outbreaks and can be doing more to raise immunization rates,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

Dix says the government’s goal for this project is to reach an immunization rate of 95% as recommended. Furthermore, he stated that the province is purchasing $3 million in vaccine – the equivalent of a one year supply of vaccine.

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Measles Immunization Catch-Up Program

This measles immunization catch-up program is the first step in the government’s two-phase plan. The hope is to educate people about the importance of immunization and make them aware of their immunization status.

Those Who Need an Immunization

If you don’t have a record of immunization (or proof of immunity to a disease), you’re considered un-immunized and should be immunized or re-immunized to ensure protection.

To enter the provincial immunization registry, parents can provide their child’s records to their local public-health unit. If a child’s record is already on file, parents don’t need to provide it again.

In addition, schools will be notifying parents as soon as they know about upcoming measles immunization catch-up clinics, information about measles and what to expect if your child needs a measles immunization.

Families can expect to hear from health authorities through direct-calling, emails, letters, and school newsletters.

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