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Protecting Children from Measles in Chicago: New Policy on Second Dose of MMR Vaccine for Pilsen Shelter Residents

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 26, 2024
Chicago Health Officials Introduce Measures to Contain Measles Outbreak

The city of Chicago has taken proactive measures to protect its residents, especially young children, from the spread of measles. Officials have announced a new policy for residents at a Pilsen migrant shelter regarding the measles vaccine. 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.

The policy requires individuals to receive a second dose of the MMR vaccine 28 days after the first shot. This decision was made due to the increasing number of measles cases among young children at the Halsted Street shelter. The second dose will help protect preschool children until their immunity to measles is fully developed and will prevent the spread of the virus to other children who have not received a second dose.

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 the vaccine. 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

By Samantha Johnson

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