State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) passed Senate Bill 986 on April 23 to require all day care workers who care for babies and toddlers to present proof of measles, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines or immunity. This legislation is in an effort to protect young children from exposure to these potentially fatal diseases and comes 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. “We have a responsibility as lawmakers to shield young children who are too young to receive the benefits of immunization by ensuring that caregivers at child care facilities won’t pass on these highly contagious diseases.”
Senate Bill 986 mandates that any child care facility that cares for children ages six and under to require child care employees to provide proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine, as well as requires proof of having received the tetanus, diptheria and pertussis vaccines (Tdap).
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to pass this important piece of legislation into law to prevent future outbreaks in Illinois,” said Sen. Radogno.
Senate Bill 986 passed the Senate 52-2-0 and awaits further consideration in the House.