BC Health MInister provides update on measles catch-up campaign
One month into a stepped up measles vaccination campaign, BC's Health Minister is providing an update on how it's going.
Health Minister Adrian Dix introduced the catch-up program on April 1st.
In that time more than 551,000 letters were sent to families with school-aged children, 129 in-school clinics were held.
As well, 1,343 clinics were held in communities and just over 38-hundred doses of measles vaccines were administered to K to 12 students -- an increase of 106% compared to April last year.
Health authorities' efforts focused on reviewing all students' immunization records, and informing families and schools.
Pharmacists administered 219 doses of vaccine for measles for children and youth aged five to 19 years in the past month.
Efforts will continue through May and June.
As of May 6th, 29 confirmed cases of measles had been reported in 2019 among B.C. residents -- Including 8 in the Island Health region.
(For more information, visit: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2019/measles-update-may2019.pdf)