Protection Against Measles
Vaccine Reminder For School Parents, Staff and Volunteers
Measles is a highly contagious virus that can cause serious health problems, such as brain swelling (encephalitis), seizures, hearing loss or even death.
In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year worldwide. For every 1,000 people who get measles in a developed country like Canada, one or two people will die.
Measles is caused by a virus. Measles is an extremely contagious disease, spread easily through the air. In fact, your child can get measles just by passing through a room/location where an infected person was up to two hours before! The infected person does not still need to be there to put your child at risk of disease. Your child also does not need to be in direct contact with an infected person to be at risk.