Vancouver Coastal Health Update

Hello,

Please see attached for an important Memorandum from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond School District Offices about the Measles outbreak in the Lower Mainland.  As stated in the attached Memorandum, it is suggested you consider the following:

  • If you or your child has not been immunized against measles, we highly recommend that you make arrangements to be immunized as soon as possible. Two doses of MMR vaccine are 99% effective at preventing measles. MMR vaccine is available through your family physician, walk-in-clinic, local pharmacy, or local public health unit. 
  • To protect you and your family from measles, we recommend the following: 
    • If you were born on or after January 1st, 1970 and have not had two doses of measles vaccine or are unsure of your immunization history, you should receive a dose of MMR vaccine. 
    • If you were born before 1970, you are most likely immune through measles infection in your childhood. However, if you believe that you did not have measles infection, it is safe to receive a dose of vaccine. 

There is no reason to believe that you or your child has been exposed to measles in the school setting. However, the best way to protect yourself is to receive the MMR vaccine in accordance with the above guidelines. 

For more details, please see the attached Memorandum from Vancouver Coastal Health.

Thank you

Matthew McNair Secondary School