The CDC is teaming up with major drug companies to provide free oral measles shots

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is teaming up with several pharmaceutical companies to provide free oral vaccines to children up to age 18 in different U.S. cities, starting Tuesday. The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is expected to be a popular vaccination choice this year, making it ideal for Measles Habs Ark, a charity founded to help “fight poverty and ignorance around the world.” Five per cent of new measles cases in the U.S. this year have been children, according to the CDC, and 77 percent of those have been to children between 10 and 19.

Scotiabank Arena is set to host a mass vaccinations clinic for children ages 10-64 between Dec. 12 and 15 at 4 p.m. The goal of the event is to vaccinate around 500 children for a vaccine free while they look for another location.

Interested parents should register online for the appointment.

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