Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is confirming six cases of measles in Illinois. The first case was a Cook County resident who became ill in late January. The remaining five cases are associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine in Cook County. Health officials will continue to investigate the source of the disease, identify and follow-up with anyone who may have potentially been exposed, and be vigilant for new cases.
“The solution to ending measles is simple – get vaccinated,” said Director Shah. “The vaccine is 97 percent effective upon receipt of two doses. But the vaccine alone doesn’t provide protection; it is the vaccination that will prevent disease. I urge everyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to get vaccinated.”