Measles outbreak in the Montreal area - DO YOU NEED A VACCINE?
ATTENTION: Most of the people born before 1970 have had measles, even if they don't remember and therefore, they don't need to be vaccinated.
People born between 1970 and 1979 have received one dose of the measles vaccine. One dose should be enough, as it is believed they received a natural booster having been exposed to different outbreaks between 1980 and 1989.
But people born between 1970 and 1979 who work in health care, travel to countries where the disease hasn't been irradicated and those who spend their time around large groups of young people, such as CEGEP or University students, should receive two doses of the vaccine.
If you are in doubt, call Info-santé, see a doctor or go to your CLSC.
Measles symptoms generally appear in two stages. First symptoms are:
- Runny nose
- White spots on the inside lining of the mouth
On the third to seventh day of infection you will notice:
- A red blotchy rash beginning on the face and becoming generalized.
Measles are VERY contagious.
There is no treatment for the virus. It is prevented by vaccination.
Public Health Agency of Canada