Doctor urges all Calgarians 17-26 to get vaccinated
Since last week’s mumps outbreak at the University of Calgary, the number of cases has increased only slightly as students continue to get vaccinated against the contagious disease.
There are now 73 cases of mumps this year, compared to 57 last week. Of those 73 cases, 59 cases have been confirmed since Oct. 1. And a total of 22 cases have been post-secondary students.
“I certainly believe we will see more cases, particularly in the 17-26 age group, but that is because we have just gotten our vaccination campaign underway,” said Dr. Judy MacDonald, deputy medical officer of health for the Calgary Health Region.
MacDonald also said while the response of students and those in the target group of the campaign has been positive, she urges all Calgarians in the age category of 17-26 to get their vaccine in Phase 2 of the program, beginning Monday.
The first phase of the program wrapped up yesterday at SAIT.