Not getting your child vaccinated for measles is putting them at risk. The Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit says we are fortunate to have a vaccine to protect ourselves against this virus. Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program Manager Mary Ann Holmes says the bad news is that more people are choosing not to vaccinate their kids.

Holmes says we don’t see cases in our area thanks to the high immunization rates, but once those rates drops, the community will be more at risk. Holmes says when we think about our children we should do everything we can to protect them.

There has been about five confirmed cases of the measles on Ontario so far, none of which are in Muskoka at this point. Holmes talks about who should get the measles vaccine.

Holmes says children will get one at 12 months and the other between four and six years of age.