Measles

B.C.’s measles immunization catch-up program

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What is the school-aged immunization catch-up program?

The provincial immunization catch-up program helps families protect their children against measles. The program runs from April to June, and will provide measles vaccines for children from kindergarten to grade 12 who are unimmunized or not fully immunized.

Why do we need a measles vaccine?

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air. At least 95% of the population needs to be immunized to develop herd immunity. No active cases of measles have been confirmed in Northern Health, but the risk of an outbreak due to international travel remains.

Where will my child get their immunizations?

Immunizations will be offered via school clinics and community clinics, depending upon the needs of each community.

Immunization clinics will be provided at schools and local public health units. Watch for information from your child’s school and/or health unit. Parents can also connect with their child’s school and/or health unit for further details on school immunization clinic dates or other immunization options.

Is my child immunized?

Children are eligible for the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12 months and 4 years of age. Check your child’s records to see if they are immunized. Parents of eligible children who are not up-to-date for measles vaccinations will receive an immunization consent package for their child via their child’s school. Parents are encouraged to contact their local health unit for any questions or concerns with respect to their child’s immunization history.

How do I access my child’s immunization records?

Check with your local health unit if your child was immunized at the health unit or in school. If your child’s immunizations were provided by a doctor or pharmacist, contact the doctor or pharmacist who provided the immunization. For additional tips on locating immunization records please visit ImmunizeBC.

Do I have to participate in this program?

The provincial measles immunization catch-up program for students (kindergarten to Grade 12) is voluntary and is intended to help families protect their children against measles by offering enhanced access to vaccination for those children who are unimmunized or not fully immunized.

What if my child is home schooled?

Children who attend home school can be immunized at a health unit. Call to schedule an appointment.

I need more information about measles.

Measles Clinics

Burns Lake
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Chetwynd

Please check with the Chetwynd Primary Care Clinic.

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Dawson Creek

Please check with the Dawson Creek Health Unit.

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Dease Lake

Please check with the Stikine Health Unit.

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Fort Nelson

Please check with the Fort Nelson Health Unit.

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Fort St. James

Please check with the Fort St. James Health Unit.

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Fort St. John

Please check with the Fort St. John Health Unit.

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Fraser Lake

Please check with the Fraser Lake Community Health Centre.

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Hazelton

Please check with Hazelton Community Health.

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Houston

Please check with the Houston Health Centre.

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Hudson's Hope

Please check with the Hudon's Hope Health Centre.

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Kitimat
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Mackenzie
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Masset

Please check with Masset Community Health.

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McBride

Please check with the McBride Health Unit.

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Prince George

Please check with the Northern Interior Health Unit.

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Prince Rupert
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Queen Charlotte
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Quesnel
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Smithers

Please check with Smithers Community Health.

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Stewart

Please check with the Stewart Health Centre.

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Terrace

Please check with the Terrace Health Unit.

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Tumbler Ridge

Please check with the Tumbler Ridge Community Health Unit.

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Valemount

Please check with the Valemount Health Centre.

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Vanderhoof

Please check with the Vanderhoof Health Unit.

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