Measles ex­po­sure at B.C. school means un­vac­ci­nated stu­dents must stay away

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN -

SUR­REY — Stu­dents at Fleet­wood Park Sec­ondary School in Sur­rey are be­ing told to stay away from class if their measles im­mu­niza­tion is not up to date.

The warn­ing comes from the Fraser Health au­thor­ity in re­sponse to a pos­si­ble measles ex­po­sure at the school be­tween Oct. 30 and Nov. 2.

A let­ter posted on the school’s web­site from the au­thor­ity ad­vises that stu­dents or staff who were born in 1970 or later will not be al­lowed to re­turn to the school un­til Nov 26 if they have not been vac­ci­nated against measles.

Those who have had one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vac­cine will be al­lowed at school only if they at­tend a free clinic Thurs­day or Fri­day to bring their im­mu­niza­tion up to the re­quired two doses.

The health au­thor­ity says all those who been vac­ci­nated or who have had measles are pro­tected against the con­ta­gious virus that is spread through the air and, in its sim­plest form, causes rash, fever, red eyes, cough and a runny nose.

Symp­toms can start from seven to 21 days af­ter ex­po­sure and the health au­thor­ity’s let­ter says pub­lic health of­fi­cials should be alerted right away if any measles symp­toms de­velop dur­ing that pe­riod.

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