Via The Globe and Mail: Measles outbreak prompts officials to issue national plea for vaccination. It's not clear whether the "Public Health Association of Canada" is the Canadian Public Health Association or the Public Health Agency of Canada. I find no mention on the website of either to the need for a national vaccination campaign. Excerpt:
Public health officials are urging parents to get their children vaccinated for the measles amid a recent outbreak of the contagious airborne disease.
Canada has an estimated 95 per cent immunization rate for the measles, but worries that the current outbreak in B.C. will spread as quickly as one last year in Alberta has spurred the Public Health Association of Canada today to issue a national plea for vaccination.
In B.C.’s Fraser Valley, there are now five confirmed cases of measles with the possibility that 100 students in Chilliwack may also be infected. Three of the five cases are now believed to be in the general population in Chilliwack and also in Agassiz. A child has been hospitalized with measles.
Already this year there have been six cases in Prince Edward Island, four in Calgary and two in Ottawa. Southern Alberta recorded 42 cases, while in 2011 Quebec had 700 people infected.
In Coaldale, Alta., the virus was imported into the community by a student who had visited the Netherlands, where thousands of people are suffering from measles. In Chilliwack, the first two cases attended the Mount Cheam Christian School, which was closed down. The school is operated by the Reformed Congregation of North America. Its followers believe that taking vaccinations challenges the will of God.
B.C.’s Fraser Valley, where Chilliwack is located, is especially vulnerable since its immunization rate among two-year-olds sits at 88 per cent. Anything less than 95 per cent is not considered good enough.