Health Unit Calling For Immunizations After Mumps Outbreak
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says that maintaining high measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination coverage remains the most effective way to prevent the spread of these childhood diseases – many of these diseases still exist throughout the world, including Canada.
The Health Unit says they spread easily when people are not immunized and they’ve seen this recently with a cluster of local mumps cases.
The immunizations are given soon after a child’s first birthday, and again at four to six years of age and offers a safe and effective protection against mumps.
Those who have not been vaccinated are most at risk of getting mumps and anyone born between 1970 and 1992 may only have received one dose of the vaccine. They should make sure that they have had the second dose for full coverage.
To ensure your family’s immunizations are up to date, see your health care provider. Vaccinations are also available by appointment at regular clinics held at health unit offices throughout Simcoe and Muskoka.
For more information visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.