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Health Advisories

AHS Measles Advisory

A confirmed case of the measles prompts public alert to potential exposures

Please be aware that Alberta Health Services (AHS) has released a health advisory regarding a lab-confirmed case of measles in the Edmonton region. This advisory is only for those individuals who were at the airport and/or in the locations in the Sherwood Park, Nisku and Edmonton locations specified in the Advisory between May 9–7, 2019. For more details, read the AHS advisory and recommended precautions.

According to AHS, individuals who were exposed between May 9–17 (inclusive) are no longer eligible for preventative vaccine as the vaccine would not be effective in preventing measles from this exposure. However, individuals are still encouraged to review their immunization history and arrange vaccination if they have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella).

Measles is an extremely contagious disease and spreads easily through the air. There is no treatment for measles, but it can be prevented through immunization. This is a single Edmonton area measles case and no outbreak has been declared. However, individuals with potential exposure who do develop symptoms of measles are advised to stay home and call 8-1-1 before visiting any healthcare facility or provider.

Individuals uncertain of their own or their child's immunization history can call their local public health office or Health Link at 8-1-1 for more information. Should individuals require the measles vaccination, AHS asks that you visit an AHS Public Health Centre to obtain the measles vaccine.

Please note: As no outbreak has been declared, the measles vaccine is not currently available to the general public at the University Health Centre.

 

Updated May 24, 2019