CHICAGO (AP) — Measles outbreaks across the country have prompted several Illinois health systems to pressure parents who haven’t vaccinated their children to do so.
One of the systems, Lurie Children’s Hospital, is sending letters to families of its primary care patients 16 months and older who haven’t had a first dose of the vaccine and 7 years old and older who haven’t received a second dose.READ MORE: Two Chicago Police Officers Wounded By Accidental Friendly Fire While Confronting Suspect In Lyons, Police Say
Department of Pediatrics vice chairman Dr. Matthew Davis said Lurie decided to step up its efforts to reach unvaccinated children because the current spread of measles is a reminder society depends on vaccination to keep serious and fatal diseases in check.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cool Changes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which it says is 97% effective.MORE NEWS: North Side Condo Building Residents Alarmed By Mail Thefts Apparently Committed Using A Master Key
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