The global public health threat of Measles has also affected Canada. Nine recent confirmed cases of the disease have sparked a discussion about its prevention, including vaccination. The particular outbreak is linked to one family whose children never got their MMR vaccine which protects against measles. Now, the ongoing outbreak is leading young Canadians to get vaccinated, even if it’s against their parents’ wishes.
According to the doctors in BC, they have seen a significant rise in the number of Canadian teens and young adults who go out to get the MRR vaccine since the outbreak has started.
According to Dr. Eric Cadesky, is the president of Doctors of BC, he has seen the increase in young patients coming to get vaccinated with his own eyes and he has also heard from other doctors that the panic to get immunized by Canadian youngsters is happening everywhere.
Dr. Cadesky added that the recent surge of young people getting vaccines have seen teenagers getting them amid their parents’ decision for them not to.
“I’ve heard of people throughout Canada and even doctors around the world saying that millennials are using these outbreaks as an opportunity to revisit the decision that their parents had made for them,” he told CBC.
Canada’s chief health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam also weighed in on this wave of later in life vaccinations saying “I don’t think it’s too late ever to get your measles immunization up to date.”
Typically, MMR vaccines that give protection against measles, mumps, and rubella, is given to children in two doses, the first when the kids are around one year old, and the second is anytime between 18 months and when they start school.
However, in some cases, people weren’t vaccinated on that schedule. For example, anyone born between 1970 and 1996 likely would have received only one dose of the MMR vaccine, since the second dose method wasn’t added until 1996. There are also all the people whose parents chose not to get them vaccinated.
If you have never been vaccinated or infected then your immunity to measles, mumps, or rubella, is zero. If you only had one dose of MMR, then your resistance is around 85 to 95%. After two doses of the vaccine, immunity is nearly 100%.
According to Dr. Tam, it is these high immunity number that makes the MMR vaccine one of the most effective preventive technique against measles, mumps, and rubella. /apr