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Measles Information

Lovell Federal Health Care Center leaders and providers are monitoring the current measles outbreak and will provide updated information on this page for patients and others who have questions about prevention and treatment.

There have been hundreds of confirmed cases of measles in more than a dozen states, including Illinois, this year. Here is a review of some basic facts about measles:

Background: Measles is highly contagious and can spread easily to others from one infected person to another when that person coughs or sneezes. The virus may survive in the air or on other contaminated objects. 

Symptoms: Generally appear seven to 14 days after exposure, but may take up to 21 days. Measles starts with a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. A tiny rash or red spots starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your Primary Care provider.

Vaccinations:  The Centers for Disease Control considers you immune against measles if you have at least one of the following:

You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine either as a child or an adult.
You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine as both a child AND an adult.
You have had laboratory confirmed measles at some point in your life.
You have a positive titer confirming that you are immune to measles.
You were born before 1957.

What should I do? 

-If you suspect that you have measles, call your healthcare provider immediately and avoid going out in public. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid sharing drinks and/or utensils.

-People who received two doses of measles vaccine as a child are protected for life and do not need a booster vaccine as an adult. 

-If you have concerns about your immunity based on the guidance above, call your Primary Care provider.

For more information, click on the Resources links at the top, right corner of this page.