The state of Illinois requires students to receive the MMR vaccine in order to be enrolled in school. The MMR vaccine prevents Measles, Mumps and Rubella. It's availabe in two doses. The only exemptions are medical or religious reasons. Registered Nurse Supervisor of Family Health Services for the Winneabago County Health Department says, "vaccines have been studied and researched, and we continue to do that on a regular basis, we're always monitoring because we want the vaccines to be safe."
Ninety-nine percent of children who receive the vaccine will be protected from the virus. Measles is highly contagious and spreads when the infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. Health experts say the best way to prevent infection is to receive the vaccine.