Toronto’s top doctor urges March Break travellers to check their measles vaccination status – CTV

March 6, 2024

Toronto residents are being asked to check their measles vaccination status before their March Break travel plans due to what the city’s top doctor is calling a global “resurgence” of the disease.

“With March Break approaching, it is a good time for everyone to check their immunization status and ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, especially before travelling,” Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen De Villa said in a news release issued Wednesday.

The advisory comes amid an international rise in measles outbreaks, including at least five cases reported in Ontario since the start of the year. Of those cases, public health officials have said all but one was linked to recent travel.

Citing a decline in measles vaccinations globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto Public Health (TPH) said anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine, such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (MMRV) or has not had measles in the past, is at risk of infection.

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