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MEASLES ADVISORY

Measles

Many measles cases have recently been declared in Montréal. Measles is a serious and highly contagious virus that travels through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. A person with measles is contagious for 4 days before and 4 days after the rash appears. The illness can last 1 to 2 weeks. 
  
Symptoms include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough, runny nose or conjunctivitis (red eyes and sensitivity to light) 
  • Red spots or rash on the skin (on the face, then on the whole body)   

To avoid infecting others: 

  • Wear a mask 
  • Don't use public transit 
  • Since measles is highly contagious, we recommend that you contact Info-Santé 811 before visiting any health care facility (CLSC, medical clinics, GMF, local service points (vaccination centers), emergency rooms). 

To get vaccinated: 
Online:  Clic Santé
By phone: 514-734-9911, option 4  
  
Vaccination for measles is available with or without an appointment at CIUSSS West-Central Montreal's local points of services, though making an appointment is always preferred  via Clic Santé.

Point de service local Côte Saint-Luc    
6900, Décarie Blvd. 
10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday  
  
Point de service local Parc-Extension    
7101, Parc Ave. 
10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday  
  
Other helpful resources: 
 More info on measles, symptoms, transmission, and complications 
 To check if you are already protected and for a detailed list of places and times where people have been exposed to measles 
 Vaccination for children  
 Reducing the pain and anxiety of vaccination in children

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