Public Health and SSRSB Work Together to Prevent Further Spread of Measles

Published Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hebbville, Nova Scotia

As per the South Shoure Regional School Board, there have now been multiple confirmed cases of measles at Hebbville Academy.

The South Shore Regional School Board would like the public to be aware that they have been working closely with Public Health to help prevent the further spread of measles and to protect not only the students and families, but also the general public.

The SSRSB would also encourage that while measles has only been confirmed at Hebbville Academy, all families in the region check immunization status and to make arrangements to have vaccinations updates as needed.

As measles is highly contagious, it can spread quickly through schools unless almost everyone is immune through vaccination.

Because of this, Public Health, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, is enforcing the requirement that those who may be susceptible to measles, stay home from school.

This includes students who do not have documentation of two doses of the MMR vaccine or who have not received a second dose since April 12.2017.

This also applies to teachers and other school staff born after 1970, who have no documentation pf a single MMR dose.

Public Health orders these individuals to stay home from school, child care and other activities at the affected school.

These individuals without record of appropriate vaccination may be able to return to the activities listed above if they receive a dose of the MMR vaccine or if they take a blood test that shows that they are immune to measles.

Some symptoms of measles include:

·         Fever

·         A red blotchy rash on the face, which spreads down the body

·         Cough, runny nose and red eyes

·         Small white spots that may appear inside the mouth and throat

Measles, which is a viral illness, usually result in those infected recovering fully within two to three weeks. However, there can be serious complications, which are more likely in infants, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system.

The best protection against measles is vaccination.

In Nova Scotia, every person born after 1970 should receive two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine after their first birthday.

If you or someone you know has the symptoms of measles, even if the individual has been vaccinated, you should:

·         Call Public Health, the number is 1-844-856-3677

·         Call 811 to speak to a registered nurse, who can advise you on the next steps.

If you need to seek a healthcare provider (such as your family doctor), call ahead to insure they are prepared to see you. Because measles is highly contagious, healthcare providers need to take special precautions to protect others from being exposed.

If you have any questions, Public Health encourages you to reach out.

 

 

 

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