| Posted: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 11:45 am
MMR immunization times
• St. Albert Public Health Centre
23 Sir Winston Churchill Ave.
Appointments currently available: May 8 and May 10.
• Northgate Centre 9499 137 Ave., Edmonton
Appointments currently available: AprIL 30, May 2 and May 3.
The Edmonton, Calgary and central zones are under a measles outbreak, Alberta Health Services declared Tuesday.
Following several consecutive weeks of new cases, there are now 22 confirmed cases of measles across the province – six in the Edmonton zone, seven in the central zone and nine in the Calgary zone.
Infants between six months and less than 12 months of age who are living in or travelling to the Calgary, central or Edmonton zones, are eligible for an early additional dose of measles vaccine.
This additional early dose will provide short-term added protection to infants who are otherwise vulnerable during this time of increased risk of exposure to disease, officials advise.
Those who receive this additional early dose of vaccine will still be required to receive the two routinely recommended doses of measles vaccine, administered at 12 months of age and between four and six years of age.
Officials also recommend that children aged four and older, who are attending day cares, day homes and schools within the outbreak areas, and have not yet received their second dose of measles vaccine, are advised to receive it as soon as possible.
During an outbreak, ensuring children attending care facilities and schools have received this second dose as soon as possible will reduce the likelihood of these children being excluded from these locations following exposure to disease.
The St. Albert Public Health Centre is booking appointments for MMR immunization on Thursday, May 8 and Saturday, May 10. The 15 appointment spots for May 1 have already been filled.
Appointments are also available at Northgate Centre, 9499 137 Ave., Edmonton for the evening of April 30, afternoon of May 2 and all-day May 3, as well as other Edmonton public health centres.
Measles vaccine is offered free of charge at local public health offices and community health centres. No mass immunization clinics have yet been scheduled for the Edmonton zone.
AHS continues to advise all Albertans to ensure they are up-to-date on all immunizations. Individuals born in or after 1970 require two documented doses of measles vaccine to be protected.
Children who have already received both doses of measles vaccine, as per the routine immunization schedule, do not require any additional doses of vaccine.