Get your shots

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Given the re­cent cases of measles in west­ern Canada and the U.S., the Eastern On­tario Health Unit (EOHU) is re­mind­ing the pub­lic to en­sure that they and their chil­dren are up-to-date with their measles vac­ci­na­tions.

While lo­cally there have been no cases of measles in re­cent years, and no con­firmed cases to date this year, the EOHU con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in eastern On­tario. Dr. Paul Roume­li­o­tis, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health at the EOHU, urges res­i­dents to keep their vac­ci­na­tions up-to-date not just to pro­tect them­selves, but to pro­tect oth­ers who can’t be vac­ci­nated – in­clud­ing in­fants. “Measles is ex­tremely con­ta­gious and can be very se­ri­ous for peo­ple who aren’t vac­ci­nated,” he says. “It can be es­pe­cially dan­ger­ous for in­fants who are too young to be vac­ci­nated, and for adults who have com­pro­mised im­mune sys­tems.” He adds that the vac­cine is a safe and ef­fec­tive way to pre­vent get­ting or spread­ing measles. The measles vac­cine is avail­able free of charge at your health­care provider’s of­fice. It is also avail­able by ap­point­ment at the EOHU, by call­ing 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120.

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