Measles is a serious infection that lasts for one to two weeks. As you know, measles is on the rise both in the United States and Canada, mainly because more and more parents are not vaccinating their children. Affected provinces in Canada include British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario [Toronto area].
Symptoms of measles includes high fever, cough, rash (see photo on the right), runny nose, watery eyes.
Complications of measles include ear infection (about 1 in 10 children), pneumonia (about 1 in 10 children), encephalitis (in about 1 in 1000 children) (an infection of the brain tissue that can cause brain damage and mental impairment. In pregnant, women, measles can cause miscarriage or premature birth.
How measles spreads: measles spreads very easily from person to person. An infected person can pass it to others by coughing, sneezing or even talking.
Can I prevent my child from getting measles?
YES, YOU CAN!
Have regular vaccinations either with your family doctor, Ottawa Public Health Vaccine Clinic, or here at Bethany Hope Centre.
Contact Nurse Judy for more information
613.725.1733 ext 201