In response to new measles cases being diagnosed in Illinois, I am urging you to understand the risks and how to prevent the virus.

Measles was a deadly killer until a vaccination became publicly available in 1964. Since that time, cases of the measles have dropped by 99 percent in the United States. The disease has not been entirely eradicated, however, and a large outbreak occurred from 1989 to 1991.

Prevention remains the best way to avoid contracting the measles virus. The current vaccination combats against measles, mumps and rubella.

Infection can come from being in the same room as an individual infected with the virus. Fortunately, the vast majority of Illinois students are required by law to receive an MMR vaccination prior to entering school.

As your state senator, it is my job to ensure that you receive information about public health issues. If you are concerned or someone you know has contracted the measles virus, please call your health care provider and contact your local health department. Learn more at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/.

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