Information to Parents on Measles and the Vaccine to Prevent it

Information to Parents on Measles and the Vaccine to Prevent it.
The U-46 health services department is monitoring and working with Cook, Kane and the  DuPage health departments in regards to Measles. There are no current cases of measles reported in U-46 at this time. 
Measles information:
Measles is airborne and very contagious. Symptoms of measles include: fever of 101o F or higher, cough, runny nose and red eyes with or without rash. A person with measles is contagious from 4 days before to four days after rashes appear. According to CDC, 90% of unimmunized persons who are in the same room with a measles case will come down with measles. Measles vaccine is highly effective. The CDC recommends that children should be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine at age 12 to 15 months. In Illinois, all children from Kindergarten and up are required to receive a booster dose at 4 to 6 years. Children can receive the second dose earlier, as long as it is at least 28 days from the first dose.
More information on measles vaccination can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination.html
 

 

 Additional resources on measles can be found at:

www.kanehealth.com/school_health.htm

www.cookcountypublichealth.org
www.dupagehealth.org
An informative pamphlet for parents can be found by clicking the link below.