Heading to the happiest place on Earth? If you’re going to Disneyland anytime soon, be sure to be protected against the measles. A measles outbreak in the US and Mexico is being traced to the theme parks in California.
State of California health officials are asking anyone who hasn’t had the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to avoid visiting Disneyland’s two California theme parks for now.
Measles is highly infectious and spread through the air when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes. You don’t have to be in close contact with someone to contract the infection. You could spend just a few minutes in the same room as someone and get it, though, the closer the contact, the higher the risk. This virus can survive in closed areas (ie a bathroom) for up to two hours after an infected person with measles was there. So people who are in the same air space during this two hour period can become infected.
To book your vaccination contact the VCH Travel Clinic, a VCH Public Health Unit or your family doctor.