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Measles Cases On The Rise

An increase in measles cases have been reported in Illinois. Measles spreads through the air and is very contagious to unvaccinated adults and children.

There is a vaccine available to protect yourself from measles. Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. Now is the time to make sure you are up-to date on your MMR vaccine. Talk to your vaccine provider (primary care or pharmacist) if you are unsure or need to be vaccinated.

Measles can be serious in all age groups, but some are more likely to suffer from measles complications including:

  • Children younger than 5 years of age
  • Pregnant women
  • People with compromised immune system

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • About 1 out of 5 people who get measles will be hospitalized.
  • About 1 out of 5 people who get measles will be hospitalized.
  • 1 to 3 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care

If you are experiencing symptoms of measles, please call your healthcare provider right away before walking into the medical office or emergency department. The medical provider will make arrangements for you to be seen so that you do not expose others.



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