As of May 24 this year, there have been more than 900 cases of measles in the U.S.; nine of those cases in Illinois. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was eliminated in 2000.
Today, many practicing physicians have never seen a case of measles due to the effectiveness of the vaccine. Although measles is rare in the U.S., the virus is still commonly transmitted in many parts of the world and brought into the country by unvaccinated individuals.
In an effort to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as the measles virus, the Randolph County Health Department will be offering the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination (MMR) to individuals who have not received the MMR.
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