Passengers on a second flight from Beijing to Vancouver may be at risk of getting the measles. A person diagnosed with measles over the weekend exposed people on Air China/Air Canada Flight #CA 991/AC 6601 arriving at Vancouver International Airport at 12:15 pm on Saturday, April 4.
Anyone on this flight and is not up to date with their immunizations, should get a measles vaccination as soon as possible. Measles vaccine is available from family doctors, public health units or walk-in clinics.
Passengers on this flight should also watch for these symptoms until April 25:
- runny nose
- conjunctivitis, or pink eye
- and a red rash.
Passengers who develop these symptoms should see a doctor, and call the doctor’s office before going, so precautions can be taken to protect other patients. Passengers with symptoms should also report their illness to VCH Public Health by calling 604-675-3900.
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR, which most people in B.C. have received, is safe and effective. Some young adults and those born outside Canada may not be completely immunized against measles.
- People born before 1957 are considered immune to measles, and do not need a vaccine.
- Those born between 1957 and 1970 should have one dose of MMR if they have not had measles.
- Those born after 1970 should have two doses of MMR.
- These vaccines must be received after their first birthday to be effective.
A total of nine people have contracted measles since the first case was identified; all people were either on the original Air China Flight on March 21, or were in contact with someone who had been on that flight.
These recent cases associated with international travel are a reminder that all travellers should ensure they are up-to-date with their measles and other vaccinations before travelling. VCH operates travel clinics in Vancouver and Richmond; call 604-736-9244 for an appointment.