Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
Chicago Health Officials Introduce Measures to Contain Measles Outbreak

On Monday, Chicago health officials announced a new policy for residents at a Pilsen migrant shelter regarding the measles vaccine. Due to the increasing number of measles cases among young children at the Halsted Street shelter, individuals should receive a second dose of the vaccine 28 days after the first shot. This decision was made to protect preschool children until their immunity to measles is fully developed and prevent the spread of the virus to other children who have not received a second dose.

According to CDPH commissioner Olusimbo Ige, children are at a higher risk of contracting breakthrough measles after receiving only one dose of the vaccine, especially those under 5 years old. The goal is to protect young children from contracting measles by ensuring they receive 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. The policy has been extended to include children between the ages of 1 and 5 at the shelter. Families with children in this age group are advised to keep them at home until 21 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine or 21 days after their last exposure if they cannot receive it. This new policy will impact around 50 children at the shelter, all of whom have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The initial symptoms of measles include a high fever, cough, runny nose, red or watery eyes, and a rash that may appear three to five days after

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