Ontario is set to begin administering only child-sized doses of the new measles vaccine by the end of March.
Measles cases have soared across the country this year as one infected person from overseas is spread through Toronto’s hospital network. The contagious disease has sickened 148 people since January 1.
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The province expects to vaccinate another 6,700 kids against measles in the first three months of the year.
“Our first two years we haven’t had a single case, but now we are reaching out to what are in our language ‘responders’ to something they did not plan to do, let alone get vaccinated themselves,” Dr. Gregory Taylor said on the FOX Business Network on Friday.
The World Health Organization has reported 1,500 cases of measles worldwide so far this year, almost all concentrated in Europe. By comparison, 50,000 cases were reported in 2016.
Among other places, large outbreaks have occurred in Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, France, Greece, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Romania, China, Turkey, Italy, Albania, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Germany, Romania, Egypt, Kosovo, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Slovakia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, Romania, Greece, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bulgaria, France, Sweden, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Egypt, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Spain, Israel, Hungary, Lithuania, Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Malta.
Nationally, up to 20,000 people could contract measles between now and the end of April, according to the CDC. The vaccine is about 92 percent effective in preventing the disease.
“People should know that that could be an option, and for those of us in Ontario, of those people who have been vaccinated on time, we’re safe from the measles,” Taylor said.
Hundreds of children will be vaccinated on March 22 at Seneca Park on the grounds of the University of Toronto. The program was announced on Monday at the start of the national measles outbreak watch conference in Toronto.
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