Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and was recently confirmed in one adult in suburban Cook County, and 5 infants under the age of 1 in Palatine.
Measles starts off with cold-like symptoms, like a fever and runny nose, but then leads to a rash of red dots, typically starting on the face. The only way to prevent the disease is through the two-step vaccination.
“The most important thing is to be adequately vaccinated, and that’s the best way to protect yourself. The vaccine is 97% effective which means that even if someone were to come into contact with someone with measles, there is only a 3% chance they would get measles,” said Director of Infection Control, Dr. Jonathan Pinsky
If you do notice any symptoms, it’s best that you call your doctor first instead of heading straight to their office or a walk-in clinic, due to the highly contagious nature of the disease.
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