Amid renewed concern over measles, doctors call for national vaccine registry

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Children across Canada continue to be a target for the contagious measles virus, but a growing number of adults who were never immunized, or received only one dose of the vaccine, are being infected, too.

Now, some doctors are sounding the alarm on the need for a national vaccine registry – in addition to existing provincial databases – that would track Canadians, newcomers to the country, and those who have travelled to measles trouble spots such as the Netherlands and Philippines. “Here in Ottawa, we have a provincial data base [that tracks who has been immunized and when]. It’s very useful and a big step in the right direction,” said Dr. Rosamund Lewis, associate medical officer of health for Ottawa Public Health. But, she said, “we need a national registry.”

Allan Maki reports

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