Measles: Planning for travel and key facts

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The recent measles outbreak in the U.S. has left many concerned and asking questions about whether they can protect themselves and their families, especially as the summer vacation season approaches and we begin putting together travel plans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. 
  • Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. 
  • Make sure you and your family are protected with measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The vaccine is very safe and effective.  
  • CDC recommends vaccination for all children, and for adults who do not have evidence of immunity. Those born before 1957 are assumed to be immune and do not need the vaccine.
Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally. More information including travel notices can be found here

If you believe you have been exposed to the measles, develop symptoms, and are not vaccinated or unsure if you are, the CDC recommends immediately contacting your healthcare provider BY PHONE BEFORE traveling through the community to see them. This will help you to receive the appropriate treatment as soon as possible and to prevent measles from spreading to others.

If you are not sure you have received the measles vaccine, contact your healthcare provider to discuss your records. You may also call 311 to locate a Chicago Department of Public Health walk-in immunization clinic where the vaccine is provided at no cost to any child 0-18 years and uninsured adults 19 and older. 

DePaul students are encouraged to contact DePaul's student health service, Presence Sage Medical Group, at (773) 549-7757 with any questions or concerns.

Additional information from the CDC is available online.