SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following a recent report by University of Texas researchers that names Cook County as having the highest risk of a potential measles outbreak, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, is highlighting the importance of vaccinations.
“Measles and other infectious diseases have all but been eradicated thanks to modern medicine and vaccines,” said Mussman. “However, a potential measles outbreak is very possible in Cook County and our local communities due to our proximity to O’Hare, a major transportation hub where millions of passengers travel each year, some of whom come from countries where vaccines are not as widely received.”
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, measles cases in the United States have dropped by 99% due to the childhood vaccine program.
“Immunizations are one of the most important ways to protect your health, prevent disease, and keep communities healthy,” said Catherine Dagian, Nursing Supervisor for the Department of Health and Human Services in the Village of Hoffman Estates. “Vaccines not only protect the person who is immunized, it can also protect those in the community who cannot be vaccinated. Vaccines go through extensive testing to ensure safety and are very effective in preventing vaccine-preventable diseases.”
To help protect against a potential measles outbreak, Mussman is encouraging area families to ensure that their children are vaccinated. The best way to prevent measles is with a measles vaccine, which is recommended for children at 12 months of age.
“Measles is highly contagious, and the best way to protect ourselves from an outbreak is to be diligent with vaccinations,” continued Mussman. “Mortality rates from measles are highest among children under the age of five, so ensuring that our children are properly vaccinated will help to protect our families and community from the devastating impacts of a measles outbreak.”
For more information, please contact Rep. Mussman’s constituent service office at 847-923-9104 or StateRepMussman@gmail.com.