EDMONTON — A baby too young to be immunized is the latest person in the city to get the measles, Alberta Health Services says.
“Quite simply, vulnerable individuals — such as infants too young to be immunized, or immuno-compromised Albertans who can’t be immunized — are dependent on the immunity of those around them,” Dr. Gerry Predy, AHS’s senior medical officer of health, said.
“Without proper immunization, Albertans are not only at risk of developing measles themselves, they are also putting these vulnerable individuals at great risk for diseases against which their bodies have no defence.”
Measles is an extremely contagious illness. Individuals born after 1970 who haven’t received two documented doses of measles vaccine (at appropriate ages) are approximately 90% likely to get sick with measles after exposure to the virus.
Measles usually cause fever, coughing and a rash, but can also result in ear infections leading to permanent hearing loss, pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, seizures, and even death.