Ontario's Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robin Williams, is advising Ontarians to be sure that their and their family's vaccinations are up to date. This is even more important when families are travelling.
This reminder is prompted by a notice from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) who confirmed a measles case in Ontario that was linked to recent travel to a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
According to Dr. Williams, "Although measles has become an uncommon disease in Ontario, it is highly contagious and can be very serious. The best protection is to keep your immunizations up to date."
Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes. If you suspect that you have, or a member of your family has, measles, contact a health care provider immediately. Make sure to call ahead and let the health care provider know you are coming and that you suspect measles. This will allow them to take precautions in their office or clinic.
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