McKinley Health Center is working with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District regarding a recent measles case. Measles is a highly contagious disease to persons who are unvaccinated and exposed. The MMR vaccine (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) provides protection against measles in most situations. The MMR is a routine immunization in many countries and is a requirement at the University of Illinois. 

Measles is spread to others through the air after someone coughs or sneezes. Measles symptoms include: fever, cough, runny nose, red-watery eyes, and a rash.

 

Public Health considers a person protected (immune) from measles if they have had one of the following:

  • Two doses of measles containing vaccine (MMR or measles).
  • A laboratory confirmed positive measles antibody result.
  • Born before 1957.

 

McKinley is working with Public Health to identify at risk individuals and will be notifying these individuals as identified. 

If you are unsure if you meet the above immunity standards, you may:

  • View your immunization history on the MyMcKinley Student Health Portal
  • Call McKinley Health Center at (217)333-2700 to review your vaccination history. 
  • If you think you have symptoms of measles, stay home, stay away from others and contact McKinley immediately. 

 

Additional information on measles can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html

Date: 
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 15:30