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Tuesday, April 4

Travelling overseas? Top doctor urges Canadians to ensure measles shots are up to date


Those whose measles vaccinations aren’t up to date should be getting their shots six weeks before travelling because the disease continues to circulate in many parts of the world, said Dr. Theresa Tam.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s interim chief medical officer of health, is urging Canadians, especially those travelling overseas this summer, to ensure their measles vaccination is up to date.   (DAMIAN DOVARGANES / AP).
With the start of summer vacations just a few months away, the country’s top doctor is urging Canadians to make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date, especially for those planning to travel overseas.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s interim chief medical officer of health, said those whose measles immunizations aren’t up to date should be getting their shots six weeks before travelling because the disease continues to circulate in many parts of the world.
“In Europe, there are a number of countries experiencing cases,” said Tam, calling measles a highly contagious disease that is easily spread.

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