Measles alert in place at Maple Ridge secondary. (THE NEWS/files)

Measles alert in place at Maple Ridge secondary. (THE NEWS/files)

Measles warning at Maple Ridge secondary

Potential exposure at the school, says Fraser Health

A free immunization clinic is underway today at Maple Ridge secondary following potential measles exposure earlier in the week.

Fraser Health sent a letter to staff and students at Maple Ridge secondary Thursday, warning them of the potential exposure, after a student showed up with measles on the first day of school.

The letter advises everyone to check their vaccination records to make sure they’re up to date. If not, they’re advised to update their measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

Fraser Health is hosting the free immunization clinic at Maple Ridge secondary Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is recommending vaccination for all students and staff who have not had measles, or who have not had two previous doses of the MMR vaccine.

Fraser Health adds in the Sept. 6 letter, that staff and students born after Jan. 1, 1970, who haven’t had any doses of the MMR vaccine, have to get immunized by Sept. 10 – or they won’t be allowed back at the school until Sept. 26.

Students and staff who’ve had at least one dose of the MMR vaccine are recommended to get a second MMR vaccine in order to be protected.

People also can get the MMR vaccine from their doctor, but they have to provide a record of that to the school by Sept. 10.

Fraser Health added that most people are protected by either having the MMR vaccine, or by having had measles in the past.

But it notes measles is highly infectious and spreads through the air and symptoms such as fever, rash, red eyes, cough and runny nose can start between one and three weeks after exposure.

Anyone with such symptoms is asked to alert Fraser Health and to stay at home. “Do not come to school and keep away from others who may not be protected.”

People can contact public health at 604-507-5471 during office hours, or the Maple Ridge Health Unit at 604-476-7005. If they go to a doctor or clinic or hospital, they should call ahead so exposure to others is minimized.

“Because it’s a public health issue, the school district is going to be acting under direction of public health. That’s how we’re proceeding,” said school district spokesperson Irena Pochop.

The letter adds that people who’ve had two immunizations of the MMR vaccine are considered protected if they were born after Jan. 1, 1970.

People born before 1970 are considered protected because of natural disease. However, people who were born between 1957 and 1970, who’ve had only one MMR dose, should get a second MMR immunization. Parents are asked to bring immunization records and consent forms to the clinic on Friday.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Food For The Soul is offering support for the homeless population from its store on the Lougheed Highway in downtown Maple Ridge. (The News files)
LETTER: Maple Ridge’s Food For The Soul Project doing great work

Society working with homeless population in the community

The Writing Home free creative writing workshops will run for eight weeks beginning Jan. 29. (Special to The News)
Creative writing workshops for immigrant women this month

Writing Home is for newcomers to Canada living in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

(Pixabay)
Officer from Maple Ridge prison lost career to PTSD

Bringing human rights complaint against BC Corrections

One staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at Maple Ridge Seniors Village. (Google)
One staff member with COVID-19 at Maple Ridge Seniors Village

Fraser Health announces vaccinations at all long-term care, assisted living facilities

The CubicFarm System moves rows of leafy greens through a system calibrated to grow the perfect crop. (cubicfarms.com)
Veritcal farm company based in Pitt Meadows, Langley raises millions

The company has raised more than $15 million from investors

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

The Delta Hospice Society operates the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care (pictured) and the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner. (The Canadian Press photo)
Fraser Health to evict Delta Hospice Society, open new hospice beds next door

Health authority will serve DHS 30 days’ notice when service agreement expires Feb. 25

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read