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Increased measles activity globally

With travel-related measle cases detected in Ontario and some within neighbouring health units, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) would like to remind residents to ensure they are up to date on their measles vaccine, especially if planning to travel abroad.

Children routinely receive the first dose of measles vaccine (MMR) at one year of age and second dose from ages four to six years. Adults who have received two doses of MMR vaccine are considered up to date. Adults with only one dose of MMR are eligible to receive a second dose if they are planning to travel to areas of concern, are a health care worker or post-secondary students.

Residents are encouraged to speak to a health care provider to ensure they are up to date on all immunizations, including the measles vaccine.

Measles is highly contagious and may include the following symptoms:

  • high fever
  • red or watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • small white spots inside the mouth
  • blotchy red rash on the face and can spread down the body

Serious complications include pneumonia, brain damage, and death. Pregnant women are also at risk of low birth weight, premature birth, and miscarriage if infected.

Those who have recently travelled, and may have contracted measles, should call their health care provider ahead of their visit to allow staff to take any necessary precautions.

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