Passengers who travelled on a WestJet flight Monday, January 18, from Calgary to Vancouver, may have been exposed to measles. Anyone who flew on WestJet flight 287 departing Calgary at 11:35 am, and arriving in Vancouver at 12:06 pm, may have been exposed.
A passenger who had symptoms of the illness was on this flight.
The likelihood of getting measles is small and most travelers will be immune to measles.
If you travelled on this flight, check your immunization records.
- You are most at risk of measles infection if you are completely unvaccinated against measles (including infants under 1 year old) and have never had measles disease.
- If you were born in 1970 or later, to be protected against measles you should have received two doses of measles containing vaccine (often given as combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine or MMR).
- Those born prior to 1970 are likely to be immune to measles through a prior measles infection.
You should also watch for symptoms of measles for up to 21 days (three weeks) after the flight.
If you were on the flight and are concerned, contact our nurse on call at 604-675-3900 or toll free at 1-855-675-3900.
Measles can be a serious infection, though most people recover within a week or two. Measles is a highly infectious disease spread through the air when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes.
- runny nose
- red eyes
- followed by a rash that starts centrally including on the face and spreads to the limbs and lasts at least three days