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Surge as teens get vaccine

Metro Vancouver doctors are seeing a surge of unvaccinated young people asking for the measles vaccine. This is as nine cases of the virus have been documented in the region.

"I've seen youth as young as 14 years old coming in on their own and asking to receive vaccines,” Dr. Eric Cadesky told CTV News.

Cadesky says he’s heard from a number of doctors experiencing a similar spike in young people asking to be vaccinated.

"My mom was very anti-vaxx, she was into homeopathy and more ‘natural’ solutions,” 23-year-old Maddi Bisset told CTV. “You need to definitely talk to professionals and even talk to friends and ask them what they think because even me talking to my friends realized that I'm not the norm and that what my parents are telling me is not the full truth.”

Those born before 1970 have immunity through exposure, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control, while those born after should have the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

It's suggested that infants receive their first MMR vaccine about their first birthday, with a booster shot in kindergarten.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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