Measles immunization catch-up program

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Catch-up program for school-aged children & teens

The Province is launching a measles immunization catch-up program to help B.C. families ensure their children are protected from measles. The program will run from April through June 2019. The press release is here.

The goal of the program is to immunize children from kindergarten to Grade 12 who have not previously been immunized against measles and to provide a dose for those who may not have received two doses. Health authorities will be working with schools to notify parents of upcoming measles immunization catch-up clinics, information about measles and what to expect if your child needs a measles immunization. Health authorities will contact families with under or unimmunized children through a variety of actions, including direct-calling families, sending emails and letters, and working with schools on newsletters.

Health authority catch-up program details

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: In-school immunization clinics offered to grades K-12 with emphasis on second dose of measles for kindergarten, grades 1 and 2. Reminders will be provided to the parents or guardians of anyone who is not up-to-date. Enhanced clinics (increased hours and weekends) provided in community health centres, mobile clinics and public-health units.
  • Island Health: In-school immunization clinics offered to grades K-12 with emphasis on second dose of measles for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2. Reminder phone call and letters to the parents or guardians of anyone who is not up-to-date. Increased number of public health clinics. Provision of after-school clinics.
  • Interior Health: In-school immunization clinics offered to grades K-12 with emphasis on second dose of measles for kindergarten, grades 1 and 2. Increased public-health clinics and a review of all records of school children, with reminder phone calls/letters to the parents or guardians of anyone not up-to-date.
  • Fraser Health: Information campaign will include letters sent to the parents or guardians of children missing immunizations with options on how to get immunized. Clinics for all grades in schools and through community centres to take place throughout the region.
  • Northern Health: In-school immunization clinics offered to grades K-12 with emphasis on second dose of measles for kindergarten, grades 1 and 2. Increased public health clinics and a review of all records of school children, with reminder phone calls/letters to the parents or guardians of anyone not up-to-date.
  • First Nations Health Authority: Community health nurses providing enhanced immunization clinics to all school-age children.
  • Pharmacists will also be part of the efforts to increase immunization rates.
Date last updated: 
Monday, Apr 08, 2019
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019