Protecting Young Children from Measles: Chicago’s New Vaccination Policy for Migrant Shelter Residents

Chicago Health Officials Introduce Measures to Contain Measles Outbreak

In response to the growing number of measles cases among young children at a Pilsen migrant shelter in Chicago, health officials have announced a new policy for residents. The policy requires individuals to receive a second dose of the MMR vaccine 28 days after their first shot. This decision was made to protect preschool children until their immunity to measles is fully developed and to prevent the spread of the virus to other children who have not received a second dose.

The city has reported 26 measles cases, with 19 of them being in children under the age of 5. Most of these cases have been linked to the Pilsen migrant shelter. According to CDPH commissioner Olusimbo Ige, young children are at a higher risk of contracting breakthrough measles after receiving only one dose of the vaccine, especially those under 5 years old. By ensuring they receive two doses of the MMR vaccine, health officials hope to protect young children from contracting measles.

This new policy will impact around 50 children at the shelter, all of whom have already received at least one dose of the vaccine. Families with children between the ages of 1 and 5 are advised to keep them at home until 21 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine or until 21 days after their last exposure if they cannot receive 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 initial symptoms begin. The virus is highly infectious and can be spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with an infected person.

The CDC has sent a team to assist Chicago in responding to this outbreak and recommends that individuals who believe they may have been exposed seek medical attention immediately. Health officials are taking proactive measures

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