CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) – The measles outbreak in the Fraser Valley is now into its third week, and while clinics set up across the region to contain it have been busy, there seem to be some problems at ground zero.
Most of the people linked to the Chilliwack school where it started still haven’t been vaccinated.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Lisa Mu says Mt. Cheam Christian School has been very cooperative in working with Fraser Health to reopen the school and in contacting families. But she says a lot of people at the school are not taking the health authority’s advice.
“That community remains largely unvaccinated,” says Mu.
She notes turnout at vaccination clinics in Chilliwack, Agassiz, and Hope has been good.
Fraser Health is planning to expand vaccination service. “We’re looking right now at options for providing greater access for the public, but I don’t know what the specifics of that will be at this point.”
Mu estimates the number of confirmed measles cases in the eastern Fraser Valley is at more than 100; she also expects that number to grow.
She’s urging anyone who hasn’t been immunized to get a shot.
“The measles virus is circulating widely now in the Fraser Valley East communities and all individuals who live in those communities should consider themselves at risk for exposure and make sure that they are protected,” says Mu.