Springfield—Passing both Houses on May 20, legislation sponsored by State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) that protects small children from exposure to fatal diseases advances to the Governor for final approval.
Senate Bill 986 requires all day care workers who care for children under the age of seven to present proof of measles, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines or immunity. This legislation is an effort to protect young children from exposure to these potentially fatal diseases and was introduced by Sen. Radogno in response to a recent measles outbreak in Cook County.
“In the Cook County case, children who contracted the measles disease were all younger than one year old, meaning they were too young to get the vaccine that protects against measles, mumps and rubella,” said Sen. Radogno. “Measles is one of the most preventable illnesses. While the vast majority of our population is vaccinated, we need to protect those babies and toddlers who are too young to be immunized. A reasonable precaution would be to ensure that caregivers at child care facilities won’t pass on these highly contagious diseases.”
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, red and sore eyes, runny nose, cough and a characteristic rash. The disease can cause severe health complications, including fatal cases of pneumonia and encephalitis. Measles can be a serious in all age groups, but children younger than five and adults older than 20 are more likely to suffer from measles complications.
Senate Bill 986 passed the Senate 52-2-0 and the House 112-3-1 and has been sent to the Governor to sign.