Airdrie clinic offering same-day measles vaccine
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:48 am
Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy is currently offering measles vaccinations without the wait, at a cost of $50.
On April 29, Alberta Health Services (AHS) declared a measles outbreak after 22 cases were confirmed in the province.
Three zones have been included in the outbreak area and include Calgary, Edmonton and Central, which includes Two Hills to Drumheller, Lloydminster to Rocky Mountain House and everything in between.
The Polaris Travel Clinic, located at 191 Edwards Way, offers same-day appointments for adults and walk-ins for a vaccination.
Pharmacist Jason Kmet says the clinic offers this vaccine year-round, but in the wake of the recent outbreak, they increased inventory.
“Our primary service here is travel vaccines for people going overseas, but we also offer day-to-day shots for things like tetanus, shingles or measles,” said Kmet.
“We haven’t had any supply issues but we’ve definitely been ordering more of the measles vaccine.”
Since Polaris Travel Clinic is outside of AHS, there is a $50 cost associated with the vaccine. The clinic is able to direct-bill patients’ work drug plan if they have one that covers vaccines.
Kmet says he’s had patients who are happy to pay if it means avoiding travel and wait times.
“People can phone in and make an appointment for the same day and we can have you in and out in about half-an-hour,” said Kmet. “I’ve had people say that they’d rather just pay the $50 than have to drive down to Calgary and wait in line for a shot.”
Same-day appointments may not be available for children under the age of five and an appointment must be scheduled in advance in order to accommodate them.
A registered nurse must administer the vaccine to children under five and Polaris does not have a registered nurse on site on a daily basis.
“If you call on a day when the nurse is here then it’s no problem, we can get you in that day, but if the nurse isn’t here then we’ll have to schedule for a day that they are working,” said Kmet.
Symptoms of measles include:
• fever of 38.3° C or higher; and
•cough, runny nose and/or red eyes; and
•a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after fever starts, beginning behind the ears and on the face and spreading down to the body and then to the arms and legs
To book an appointment for a measles vaccine, call Polaris Travel Clinic at 403-980-8747.