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Health officials in Chicago implement new policy to curb measles outbreak

Chicago health officials have announced a new policy for residents at a Pilsen migrant shelter, requiring them to receive a second dose of the measles vaccine 28 days after the first shot. This decision was made due to the increase in measles cases among young children at the Halsted Street shelter. The second dose is aimed at providing additional protection to preschool children until their immunity is fully developed and to prevent the spread of the virus to individuals who have not had a second dose of the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working with the city to respond to the measles infections and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent further spread of the virus. The CDPH commissioner, Olusimbo Ige, highlighted the importance of the second dose of the MMR vaccine for children, particularly those under 5 who are at higher risk of contracting measles despite receiving one dose.

Measles symptoms typically appear within a week or two after exposure to the virus and include a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red or watery eyes. A rash may develop three to five days after the initial symptoms. The virus is highly infectious and spreads through coughing, sneezing, or contact with an infected person. It can remain airborne for up to two hours after an infected person has left the area. Those with

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