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106% increase in measles immunization after government catch-up program launched

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VICTORIA, BC – Measles be gone.

This is what the provincial government has been trying to do, launching an immunization catch-up program.

According to a release from the province, health authorities reviewed students’ health records and informed families and schools if they needed vaccination or not. Clinics were then set up, focusing on under-immunized students, as well as those who are not immunized for measles.

Since April 1st, 129 in-school clinics were held, 1343 clinics were held in communities, and 3807 doses of measles vaccines were administered to students from kindergarten to grade 12.

The release stated this is a 106% increase in measles immunization compared to April 2018.

594 in-school clinics are planned for May and June, as well as 1912 public health clinics and 148 additional community immunization clinics.

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As of May 6th, there have been 29 confirmed cases of measles in BC, which include:

  • nine cases in the Fraser Health region
  • 10 in the Vancouver Costal Health region
  • eight cases in the Island Health region
  • two in the Interior Health region

The catch-up program was first announced in March, with the initiative aimed towards children who weren’t vaccinated or did not receive both recommended doses.

The catch-up program is the first step in the province’s two-phase plan to educate residents on immunization. The measles immunization catch-up program will also help parents for mandatory reporting of their children’s vaccination status, planned for fall of this year.

Information on the mandatory reporting will be announced at a later time.

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