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B.C. working on mandatory registration following measles outbreak

B.C. working on mandatory registration following measles outbreak”

In fact, many people shared a news story about a measles outbreak in Victoria from 2014.

The B.C. government is considering a mandatory vaccination registration program similar to that in Ontario in the wake of an outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday.

The Ministry of Health was reportedly notified on Monday that a child had gone to a private health care facility in New Providence with the symptoms of the disease.

According to Island Health Medical Health Officer, Dr. "The current public health infrastructure is really threatened by events like this".

Canadians born before 1970 are assumed to have natural immunity to measles, a disease long considered a childhood rite of passage, despite its dangers.

The outbreak in Vancouver has affected nine people and is believed to have been started with an unvaccinated boy who travelled to Vietnam.

As the outbreak slowed recently, Ezelle says there are no plans to bring more resources to Washington from other states. Forty-seven states, including MA, allow religious exemptions.

"Because when you get enough people who don't vaccinate together, there's more likely to be spread of those illnesses".

AHS says adults who spent their formative years in Alberta do not require an additional vaccine but adults who relocated to Alberta from outside the province may require a booster and should consult their physician. By comparison, Clark County, had a 6.7 percent exemption rate, according to state health-department data.

With 33 students forced to stay home from two Vancouver schools at the centre of the outbreak because they haven't provided proof of vaccination, it's back on the table now. Legislation moving through the House would eliminate the objection for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, while a Senate bill, subject of a committee hearing Wednesday in Olympia, aims to get rid of the personal exemption for all vaccines needed to attend school or a licensed day-care center.

A report by the BC Centre for Disease Control entitled "Immunization Uptake in Children by the Seventh Birthday" records the percentage of 7-year-old children in each health authority/region of the province that has received various vaccines. Lindquist, of the state DOH, says he is "cautiously optimistic" that the upsurge is slowing, but it's too early to predict.

"This could easily go on for another month or two", he said.



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