Measles is a respiratory illness caused by a virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. The measles virus is highly contagious and can linger in a room long after a sick person has left it. Measles can cause serious health issues, especially for babies and young children.

Signs and Symptoms

People who have measles may first notice the following symptoms:

  • high fever (may spike to more than 104 ° F
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • red, watery eyes

About three to five days after initial symptoms, a rash breaks out. The rash usually begins as flat red spots on the face and spreads downward to the rest of the body.


Prevent Measles

Getting the MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

Go to your primary care provider for your MMR vaccine. You can also get an MMR vaccine at the Winnebago County Health Department. Call 815-720-4000 to make an appointment.


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Measles in Winnebago County

Currently, there are NO REPORTED CASES of measles in Winnebago County

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In Illinois, measles is reportable within 24 hours.

To report a case to the Winnebago County Health Department, call 815-720-4050 during regular business hours and 815-720-4000 after hours. Click here for the full list of reportable diseases and conditions

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