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Watson Elementary is located 100 km east of Vancouver in Chilliwack, British Columbia.  We are a K-5 elementary school of over 430 students located closely to the community of Garrison Crossing.

In an effort to promote a positive learning environment, Watson has many special programs that are a part of the fabric of our school.  This includes our StrongStart program which is in session five days per week.


 

Please see our PARENT INFORMATION PAGE to download the school calendar or to access registration

Information & Announcements

Medical Health Officer
Fraser Health
400 – 13450 102nd Avenue Surrey, BC  V3T 0H1 Canada
Tel:  (604)  930-5404
Fax:  (604) 930-5414
www.fraserhealth.ca
February 21, 2019


Dear Students, School Staff, and Parents,

As you have heard, there is a measles outbreak at three schools in Vancouver. Please note that this 
is a localized outbreak and that students who are attending schools not connected to the outbreak 
have not been exposed. There is no evidence of measles transmission into the wider Vancouver or 
Fraser Health community.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air. It starts with fever, cough, 
runny nose, and red, watery eyes. These symptoms develop between 7 to 21 days after a person is 
exposed. A characteristic rash then develops, beginning on the face and spreading down the body.

Most people in Canada are protected against infection through immunization with the measles, mumps 
and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children receive MMR at 12 months of age followed by a second dose 
starting at 4 years of age. Two doses of MMR vaccine is 99% effective at preventing measles.

The first dose of measles vaccine is provided at 12 months of age. Early doses of vaccine prior to 
12 months of age are not recommended.

While there is no community outbreak, there has been increased demand for immunizations and Fraser 
Health has added extra immunization clinics to accommodate this increased demand.

To protect you and your family from measles, Fraser Health is recommending the following:
➢ If you were born on or after January 1st, 1970 and have not had two doses of measles vaccine, we 
recommend that you get a dose of MMR  vaccine.
➢ If you were born on or after January 1st, 1970 and are unsure of your immunization history and/or 
if you are unsure if you’ve had measles infection, we recommend that you get a dose of MMR  
vaccine.
➢ If you were born before 1970 or have had measles infection in the past, you are considered 
protected.
➢ Children between one and four years of age are considered up to date for age with one dose of 
measles containing vaccine. A measles booster dose is due starting at age four.

It is never too late to get vaccinated. MMR vaccine is available through your family physician, 
some pharmacists (for those aged 5 and over), urgent primary care centres, and local public health 
units. The best way to protect you and your family against measles is to receive the MMR    
vaccine.

To book an immunization appointment with public  health:
➢ Residents of Fraser East (Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope): 604-702-4906
➢ Residents in any other area of Fraser Health: 604-476-7087 For further information on measles 
please contact  8-1-1.
For information on mature minor consent in BC refer to BC HealthFile #119 available at:
www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/infants-act-mature-minor-consent-and-immunization
 

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