The recent outbreak of measles in the Vancouver area has caused public concern throughout the province including the interior.
“We do not have any confirmed cases of measles in the interior,” says Interior Health Medical Officer, Dr. Silvina Mema.
“What we are trying to do here is remind people that they need to follow the BC immunization schedule.”
The interior region of the province has had very few cases of measles in recent years, and Interior Health says the vaccination rate for the Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap area is 86 percent.
Dr. Mema says that the Vancouver outbreak is considered contained, but anyone who suspects they may have been exposed should see a doctor.
Interior Health recommends calling ahead before visiting a health center.
The last measles outbreak experienced by the Interior Health Authority was in 2010 with 14 cases and 7 cases in 2011.