June 15, 2024

Chicago Implements New Measles Vaccine Policy for Migrant Shelter Residents: Protecting Young Children from Breakthrough Infections

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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. The policy states that individuals should receive a second dose of the 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.

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 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 the initial symptoms begin. The virus is highly infectious and can be spread through coughing, sneezing, or contact with an infected person. The CDC reports that the virus can live for up to two hours in the air and that infected individuals can spread it up to four days before and after a rash appears.

Chicago has reported 26 measles cases, with most cases linked to Pilsen migrant shelter. The city is taking proactive measures to protect its residents from this contagious virus by working closely with federal health agencies and public health partners on vaccination efforts and providing education on how to prevent infection.

The CDC has sent a team to assist Chicago in responding to this outbreak in order

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