Southern Ontario is dealing with a number of cases of measles this winter. So far there have been no cases of measles confirmed in Simcoe or Muskoka.
The health unit monitors many diseases year-round including measles. People are often tested for diseases. If and when there is someone who has confirmed measles, the health unit will ensure that the people affected, including parents, are informed and know what to do about it.
At this time the most important measure people can take is to ensure their vaccinations are up to date. The childhood immunization schedule is posted here.
By the time children are in school they should have received two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) vaccine; the first dose after their 1st birthday and the second dose at 4–6 years of age. Anyone born in 1970 or after should also ensure that they have received two doses of MMR vaccine. Those born before 1970 are assumed to be immune as they likely were exposed to measles as a child.
According to the immunization records that the health unit currently has on file for all school age children in Simcoe and Muskoka, about 85% of children have 2 doses of MMR vaccine.
Measles is a very easily spread disease and can cause serious illness. Learn more about measles.