Ministry of Health & Education working together
Parents and guardians concerned about the recent measles outbreak in Vancouver can be assured that the ministries of Education and Health are working together to mitigate the risk of the measles outbreak to our school communities.
A message was issued from the Ministry to all school districts in the province indicating that over the coming weeks the ministry will communicate actions that will be taken with schools across the province to reduce risk, such as updating immunization records for measles and offering catch-up immunization for students.
The Kootenay Lake School District has been in contact with our local public health office and we were provided with the following details:
As of March 1, there are no confirmed cases of measles in the Kootenay Boundary or Interior Health regions.
- The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles is to get vaccinated and ensure vaccinations are up to date.
- Two doses of MMR vaccine offers the best protection against measles. MMR vaccine is highly effective and safe.
- Contact your local IH public health unit if you are unsure about your immunization status or to book an appointment to be immunized. There are health units in Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Kaslo, Nakusp and other communities.
- If you feel you have been exposed to measles and have symptoms, call your doctor in advance of an appointment.
- If you visit the emergency department, please put on a mask at arrival and immediately tell the triage staff that you think you may have measles so that they can take precautions.
Additional resources on measles:
Further information on Immunization Reporting will be posted when it becomes available.
Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer