B.C. youth who were not vaccinated as children are seeking out vaccinations on their own, says the president of Doctors of B.C.
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An airline passenger with measles may have spread the highly contagious illness to other people during a trip to Leduc from Vancouver earlier this month, Alberta Health Services said Sunday in a public health alert.In a news release, the health authority said the Public Health Agency of Canada warned an individual with lab-confirmed measles flew into the Edmonton International Airport from Vancouver and stayed in Leduc overnight and visited multiple locations during their stay.The flight from Vancouver landed at the Edmonton International Airport at 12:54 p.m. Feb. 12.AHS is warning anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to the disease:• Feb. 12: Location: Edmonton International Airport Hotel ShuttleDrop off locations: Paradise Inn and Suites, 7118 Sparrow Dr., Leduc; Crystal Star Inn, 8334 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc; Wyndham Garden Edmonton Airport, 8016 Sparrow Dr., Leduc; Wingate by Wyndham, 7120 Sparrow Dr., Leduc; Exposure time period: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.• Feb. 12: Location: Walmart Supercentre, 5302 Discovery Way, Leduc; Exposure time period: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.• Feb. 13: Location: Edmonton International Airport Hotel Shuttle; Crystal Star Inn – 8334 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc; Exposure time period: 6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m.• Feb. 13: Location: Edmonton International Airport; Canadian North Flight #5T-444 to Inuvik; Exposure time period: Departure 7:45 a.m.• Feb. 12 and 13: Location: Stars Inn Hotel; 8332 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc; Exposure time period: Feb. 12, 3 p.m. – Feb. 13, 6:30 a.mAHS said anyone who was born after 1970 and has received less than two doses of measles vaccine may be at risk if they come into the vicinity of an infected person.“Given the timeframe of the potential exposure, post-exposure immunization is not effective. Individuals are encouraged to monitor for symptoms for 21 days after the date of potential exposure, which could be up to March 5, 2019,” AHS spokesperson Jennifer Vanderlaan said in a news release.Measles symptoms include, fever above 38 C, cough, runny nose and red eyes and a red blotchy rash that begins behind the ears and on the face and can spread across the body.“Measles is an extremely contagious disease, spread easily through the air. There is no treatment for measles; however, it can be prevented through immunization,” said Vanderlaan. “In Alberta, measles vaccine is offered, free of charge, through Alberta’s publicly-funded immunization program.”AHS is expected to give an update at 1 p.m. this afternoon.Measles has no cure. Most cases eventually clear up on their own, but some infections can lead to severe complications like pneumonia, encephalitis and death.Those infected with measles are often contagious before they show any symptoms. AHS asks that anyone experiencing symptoms to stay at home and call *811 rather than visit a health clinic. Last week, health authorities in Vancouver confirmed nine cases of measles in the city originating at two primary schools. More to come.