• Measles



    April 16, 2024 

    Measles Poster In April 2024, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that Illinois is currently experiencing an outbreak of measles among adults and children, with most cases concentrated in northeast Illinois in Cook, Will, and Lake counties.

    Measles is highly contagious, especially in school-aged children. Symptoms of measles include a rash that starts on the face and neck and then spreads, a high fever, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes. Treatment includes bed rest, lots of fluids and medicine for fever and headache. Antibiotics do not help – either to cure measles or to prevent it. There are no anti-viral drugs for treating measles.

    U-46, which works closely with our local Departments of Public Health, has not had any confirmed positive cases of measles. The U-46 Health Services Department is cautiously monitoring all trends and information. Nursing staff at each school building monitor for illness signs and symptoms that may be consistent with measles.

    To prevent the spread of infection, it is critical that staff and students have the age-appropriate number of doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, or other evidence of immunity to measles. 

    Individuals who are immunocompromised, pregnant, unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated and were exposed to a confirmed case of measles, may be subjected to a period of exclusion, which will be determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The most likely exclusion for those individuals is 21 days from the date of last exposure. At this time, an individual is concerned to have been exposed if they were in the same building as the positive individual within their contagious window. 

    Health Services is in constant contact with our state and local health departments regarding all communicable illnesses and understands that news of a measles outbreak can cause concern. 

    The best way to protect yourself and your family members is to get vaccinated. The Health Services department encourages all staff, students, and their families to consult with their physician regarding any questions or concerns. Additional resources about measles are located below.

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