Thousands of vaccines are being delivered to health centers in New Zealand's Canterbury district as a measles outbreak has widened to 20 confirmed cases with health officials warning the number is expected to rise over the coming days and weeks.
· Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 - Tim Hortons, 100 Mile House, 4-6:30 p.m.
"It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community", the Canterbury District Health Board said in a statement.
Friday, March 1, 2019 - Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile Ranch, 7-11 p.m.
New Zealand's ministry of health said in a statement in late February that since 2012 all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travelers bringing the disease from overseas.
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Interlakes Regional Library, Lone Butte, 5:30-8:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile Ranch, 4:15 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Smitty's Restaurant, 100 Mile House, 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Other symptoms include a fever higher than 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.
That initial outbreak included 12 people who caught the virus at a couple of French immersion schools in East Vancouver, and three more who contracted measles while travelling.
Please call ahead to your doctor's office or the hospital if you think you may have been exposed to measles and have developed symptoms.
A public health nurse will review your vaccine history, determine your immunity to measles, and arrange for post-exposure prophylaxis if eligible.
It said the best protection from the disease was for people to have two doses (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations. Vaccines are free at community health centres. For adults and kids over five a pharmacist may also have the vaccine available. It is highly contagious and spreads easily through the air.