Important Notices

More information and answers regarding single case of measles at Burnaby campus

The BCIT Burnaby campus has recently experienced limited exposure to measles. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities and BCIT with Fraser Health continues to monitor this situation. Please check back here frequently for updates.

Notification

All 128 students and staff in classes where potential exposure occurred (NE 1) have been notified and directed to actions helping prevent the spread of measles. As an extra precautionary measure, BCIT has also informed all students and staff who attend the Burnaby campus.

Please see Frequently asked Questions below for answers to questions regarding the measles:


Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccination information

In response to the recent cases of measles in BC, Fraser Health is recommending everyone ensure their measles immunizations are up to date. All BC residents born after January 1, 1970 are recommended to have two doses of the MMR vaccine.

The MMR vaccine can be obtained for free by:
• making an appointment to visit your family physician. This ensures that your main physician maintains your comprehensive health record.
• attending most walk-in medical clinics to receive the vaccine if you do not have a family physician (call ahead to confirm that they have the vaccine available)
• Visiting a vaccinating pharmacist
Vaccination at BCIT

BCIT is committed to helping students, staff and faculty stay healthy and fulfill the recommendations of Public Health.

Beginning March 20, 2014 a limited supply of vaccine will be available on a first-come first-served basis to members of the BCIT community (students, staff, and faculty) at BCIT Student Health Services. Here are the details:• Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• In Building SE 16 – the Student Health Services Office
• Please bring your BCIT ID Card and your BC Care Card
• You must wait 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine.

Frequently asked Questions:

Is BCIT Open?
Yes, BCIT is open for classes as usual
Is Building NE 1 Open?
Yes, Building NE 1 is open. The measles virus can only live on surfaces for a matter of hours and the possible exposure occurred on March 6 and 7.
I was NOT in Building NE 1 on March 6 and 7, what should I do?
Normal attendance is possible immediately. No vaccination is required to return to class. Only people in building NE1 on March 6 or 7 are required to ensure their vaccinations meet certain conditions.
I was in Building NE 1 on March 6 and 7, now what?
According to Fraser Health, you can come back to school if you match one of these:
• you have had 2 immunizations of measles vaccine
• you were born before January 1, 1970 (January 1, 1957 for health care workers).
• you have had measles in the past.
BCIT anticipates you will take the right steps to protect yourself and the community – this is an honour system.

I have not had any Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccinations, and I was in Building NE 1 on March 6 and 7, can I come back to school?
Not yet – as a precautionary measure, you should remain at home until March 29. Please contact your local Health Unit, or call HealthLink at 8-1-1 and let your instructor know. But this is ONLY if you were in Building NE 1 on March 6 or 7.
I was in building NE 1 on March 6 and 7 and I’ve had one immunization can I come back to school?
If you have had one vaccination, you can go to your family physician or any vaccinating pharmacist and receive a booster vaccine and return to campus immediately.

For more information on Measles go to HealthLink BC.

More information on Measles vaccination can be found here.


Previous information

Sunday, March 16, 2014  4:15 p.m.

On March 14, Fraser Health informed BCIT that a student attending classes at the BCIT Burnaby Campus on March 6 and March 7 in Building NE-1 has now been diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles.

Building NE-1 (Inglis building) in Burnaby will be open for classes on Monday, March 17.

If you were in building NE-1 on March 6 or 7, and to prevent the possible spread of measles, Fraser Health recommends you return to BCIT on Monday, March 17 if:

If you do not fit the above criteria, and were in building NE-1 on March 6 or 7 please remain at home and contact Fraser Health, or call 8-1-1 immediately for further instructions and do not return to BCIT until they tell you it is okay to do so.

What are the symptoms of measles?

If you develop a fever, cough and rash, or other symptoms that may be measles, you should stay at home and keep away from others who may not be immune. Contact your physician, who will advise you as to whether you should seek care in-person, or phone HealthLinkBC by dialing 8-1-1.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and red and inflamed eyes (often sensitive to light). These are followed 3-7 days later by a rash, which starts first on the face and neck, and spreads to the chest, arms and legs, and lasts at least 3 days. You may also notice spots inside your mouth that look like small grains of sand on a red base.

If you do need to visit a clinic, it is best to call ahead so that you can be seen quickly and without infecting other people, since this infection can spread to susceptible people quickly in places like waiting rooms and emergency rooms. Public health unit locations are available here.

Please read the entire Fraser Health Letter to ensure you are fully aware of how you can take steps to protect yourself from this illness both at BCIT and in the community at large. 

If you require further information please visit
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile14b.stm or here for updates.



Previous updates

March 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

On March 14, Fraser Health informed BCIT that a student attending classes at the BCIT Burnaby Campus on March 6 and March 7 in Building NE-1 has now been diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles.


The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities and BCIT is taking this situation seriously. We are assisting Fraser Health as they take precautionary measures to notify everyone and provide the appropriate medical guidance. 

All students and staff in classes affected have been notified and as a precautionary measure, we are notifying all students who attend the BCIT Burnaby campus.

If you develop a fever and cough or other symptoms that may be measles, you should stay at home and keep away from others who may not be immune.

Contact your physician, who will advise you as to whether you should seek care in-person, or phone HealthLinkBC by dialing 8-1-1

Immunizations:

Fraser Health indicates:

If you are not protected against measles (as above), getting a dose of MMR vaccine will not protect you now against this exposure to measles, however it will protect you from future exposures. Please take the opportunity to review your immunization status.

If you do need to visit a clinic, it is best to call ahead so that you can be seen quickly and without infecting other people, since this infection can spread to susceptible people quickly in places like waiting rooms and emergency rooms.

Please read the entire Fraser Health Letter to ensure you are fully aware of how you can take steps to protect yourself from this illness both at BCIT and in the community at large. 

If you require further information please visit http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile14b.stm or here for updates.