A word or two about Red Measles
Most cases of measles occur among persons without adequate immunization. Although much less common, cases have been observed in individuals who have received two valid doses of measles-containing vaccine. Measles is a highly infectious virus that spreads easily. The measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) is free, safe and it works.
Parents should ensure that their immunizations are up to date as well as their children's. If travelling to places where measles is a particular concern because of local outbreaks, the vaccine may be given as early as six months of age to provide protection to young infants. Under these circumstances, the routine two dose series must be completed after the first birthday, for a total of three doses.
Clinical aspects of measles infection Clinically compatible signs of symptoms include:
Fever ≥ 38.3 degrees Celsius (oral)
At least one of: cough, runny nose or conjunctivitis
Generalized blotchy rash. Most cases of measles become apparent 10-14 days after contact with the virus (the range is 7-21 days).
Although the recent outbreak is concerning, at this time there are no recommendations in Ontario to provide the booster vaccine any earlier that at age 4 - 6 years or age. However, If the child will be traveling to a known hot spot for the measles infection, the vaccine can be given as young as 6 months of age. If this is done, the child will still need two more doses after he/she has tuned age one. In such a situation of traveling to a known hot spot, we would also recommend that any child who has had one dose only, receive the second dose before the trip, regardless of age.