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Measles Update from Kane County Health Dept.

Measles Update from Kane County Health Dept.

Measles in the Chicagoland Area

The Kane County Health Department is monitoring the measles outbreak in Cook County and additional cases in Lake and Will counties. While there are currently no reported cases in Kane County, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of measles and to protect yourself and your children with a safe and effective vaccine.

Measles is a highly contagious disease with serious possible complications including

hospitalization, long-term illness, and death. Measles infection causes a rash to appear, alongside a high fever, coughing, runny nose, and pink eye. Airborne droplets can be present up to two hours after an infected individual has left the room. If you are experiencing measles-like symptoms, to avoid potential spread to others, call your healthcare provider immediately for instructions before visiting a healthcare facility.

People who are vaccinated against measles usually do not experience symptoms, but those who are not vaccinated should talk to their healthcare provider. If you are exposed to someone who has measles and are not vaccinated, or if you are not sure of your vaccination status, you should stay home and contact your healthcare provider immediately. Immunization records recorded in the Illinois immunization registry can be accessed using the Illinois Department of Public Health Vax Verify portal.

Children and those aged 6 months and older should get a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to help protect them from serious illness. Children under five years of age, adults over 20 years of age, pregnant people, and people with immunocompromised health are most at risk of measles complications. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine if you should receive the vaccine.

If you have Medicaid, CHIP, VFC, or are uninsured, contact a Federally Qualified Health Center or the Kane County Health Department at 630-208-3801.

Healthcare providers must immediately report to Kane County Health Department at earliest clinical suspicion and at the point before testing is ordered; and immediately place the patient in isolation. KCHD can be reached at 630-208-3801 (select option #4 for Communicable Disease).

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Help Us Share Measles Facts

Join us in spreading awareness and protecting our community by sharing our measles information flyer at your business, workplace, or upcoming meeting. By distributing this flyer, you're not only equipping individuals with crucial knowledge about the symptoms, prevention, and vaccination against measles but also helping to safeguard public health. Let's work together to ensure everyone has access to accurate information and take steps towards preventing the spread of measles.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

KCHD joins the nation in observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, renewing our commitment to raise awareness and foster a community dedicated to the safety and well-being of children.

According to the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS), there were 1564 substantiated cases of child abuse in Kane County in 2023. This alarming statistic underscores the urgent need for collective action to prevent child abuse and ensure the protection of our most vulnerable community members.

Join us on April 24, 2024 at 10am for a free webinar presented with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, "The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children." Registration is required to get the Zoom link.

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Public health professionals have one of the most important jobs: keeping people and communities safe, healthy, and away from suffering. If you have a passion for helping people and want change-making career, public health may be for you!

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Lead Disease Surveillance Practitioner

Emergency Response Supervisor

Community Health Initiatives Coordinator - Family Engagement Specialist

Part Time Receptionist

Clinical Manager for Behavioral Health

Environmental Health Practitioner

Lead Inspector

Public Health Nurse

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (Lake County)

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