The Vaccine Has Arrived! ECC On-Site Measles Clinics Set for Friday, Tuesday

The Vaccine Has Arrived! ECC On-Site Measles Clinics Set for Friday, Tuesday

As soon as Kane County Health officials received word that their colleagues in Cook County had confirmed a case of measles in an Elgin Community College student, Health Department staffers started taking action — coordinating with ECC officials and the Illinois Department of Public Health, communicating with local hospitals and clinics, informing elected officials, taking care of the 1,001 tasks that go with the serious responsibility of safeguarding Kane County’s public health.

But the effort didn’t stop with the standard protocols, procedures and best practices.

Kane County Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers, in conjunction with ECC, IDPH and area healthcare officials, started putting together a plan to help mitigate the spread of the disease.

“We don’t like to be reactive,” Jeffers said at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. “We like to be proactive.”

On Thursday morning, when the Health Department was officially closed for the Lincoln’s Birthday state holiday, Jeffers and others were back at it, as Kane County Health Department staffers received 200 doses of measles vaccine from the IDPH.

The rush order request was to accommodate the measles clinic the Health Department has scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 13, 2015) at ECC for those students and staff who may have been exposed to the measles virus.

“The shipment came right on schedule, and the Health Department is making the final preparations for the on-site clinic,” Jeffers said in a text. “Without dedicated public health professionals at the health department, this undertaking would not be possible.”

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