A provincewide program designed to help individuals catch-up on their measles immunizations is off to a good start.
According to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, the program has offered 15,796 doses of measles-containing vaccine since its launch April 1 until May 30 to kids in kindergarten up to Grade 12.
A news release noted that figure was a preliminary total and is expected to increase when all records are collected from community pharmacists and care-providers.
During the first two months of the program:
• A total of 858 in-school clinics and 2,388 public health clinics were hosted throughout B.C.
• Immunization records for 566,106 students were reviewed.
Still another 230 in-school immunization clinics and more than 900 public health clinics are scheduled through the end of June.
The B.C. government expects to share details in the fall about how it will require students to report their immunization status.