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Are you vaccinated?

B.C.'s measles outbreak continues to be a hot topic of conversation. 

There have been nine confirmed cases in Metro Vancouver that began after an unvaccinated Canadian child contracted the virus on a family trip to Vietnam.

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread, painful rash. The infection can lead to serious complications including pneumonia, encephalitis and can even be fatal.

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.

''False claims in the news have made some parents concerned about a link between autism and vaccines. But studies have found no link between vaccines and autism," HeathLinkBC posted. 

If you have a thought on this topic, send us an email to [email protected].



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