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Measles information for IH residents

Last updated: September 14, 2018

On September 13, Vancouver Coastal Health issued a Measles Alert for several Vancouver locations.

IH residents who attended the following locations in Vancouver between Sept. 8 and 11 may have been exposed to measles:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8 - Skookum Festival, Stanley Park, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 - Aquabus from Olympic Village to Hornby Street, approximate trip start was 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 – Canada Line SkyTrain from Vancouver City Centre to Broadway - City Hall Station, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 - Outdoor Community Block Party at 1188 Quebec Street, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 - Main Street bus from Terminal Station to Broadway, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Noodlebox Mount Pleasant (2511 Main Street) – Noon – 6 p.m.

If you were at any of the locations during the dates/times listed, and you have not been fully immunized with two doses of a measles vaccine (such as MMR), nor have had measles disease in the past, please call your local public health centre. If you think you have been exposed and are not immune to measles, you should get immunized within six days of exposure to prevent getting the disease.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.

Anyone who may have been exposed to measles and is experiencing these symptoms should visit their health care provider or their local emergency department. Please call ahead to the clinic or hospital to advise them that you are coming with a possible case of measles so they can take proper precautions for your care and reduce any risk for other patients.

Immunization will protect you from measles – if you are unsure you have received your measles vaccine or want to be immunized, please contact your local public health unit during regular business hours.

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