Outbreak could persist

Chantelle Deacon

An outbreak of meningococcal disease in the Okanagan continues, while Interior Health attempts to immunize as many people as possible aged 15 to 19, says medical health officer Sue Pollock.

Interior Health declared the outbreak last Thursday, and has since opened up a variety of immunization clinics across the Okanagan.  

“As of today, Interior Health has immunized over 2,000 individuals in the 15 to 19 year old age group, in the Okanagan,” Pollock said. “We are going to continue to immunize throughout this week and most of the major schools in the Central, South and North Okanagan will be reached by the end of this week, if not all of them.”

“Public health centres will be offering clinics and information will be available at the Interior Health website.”

The 15 to 19 age group has been the most impacted by the outbreak.

“In the Okanagan alone, we know we’ve had five cases in the 15 to 19 year old age group,” Pollock said. “We will continue to monitor for any additional cases.”

“We want to get this population of 15 to 19 year olds in the Okanagan, as many of them immunized as possible."

The disease is spread by very close personal contact or ‘swapping spit,’ according to Interior Health.

There will be an immunization clinic at the UBCO campus on Tuesday, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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