Cold Lake First Nations Health Services: Measles Awareness

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake First Nations currently has no measles cases, but we are sharing important information to keep our community safe and informed.

Measles, a highly contagious virus, is spreading in parts of the world, including the USA, Europe, and Alberta. It spreads through the air and can be dangerous. Vaccination is the best protection.

Measles Vaccine Schedule:

  • 1st Dose: 12 months old
  • 2nd Dose: 18 months old

Children with both doses are almost 100% protected. Contact the Health Centre at 780-594-2473 to check your child’s vaccination status.

Measles Symptoms:

  • Fever (38.3°C or higher)
  • Cough, runny nose, red watery eyes
  • Red blotchy rash starting behind the ears, spreading to the face, body, arms, and legs

In serious cases, measles can cause severe complications like diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, brain swelling, and seizures.

If you suspect measles, keep your child home and call 8-1-1 or the Health Centre at 780-594-2473 before visiting any healthcare facility.

Ensure all family members are up to date with their measles vaccine. For more information, visit the Alberta Health Services website or call 8-1-1.

Your health and safety are our priority.

Cold Lake First Nations Health Services