Michigan Measles Outbreak

Public health officials across Michigan continue to monitor an increasing number of measles cases in the Southeast part of the state. While there are no current cases in Shiawassee County, the Shiawassee County Health Department (SCHD) is urging vaccination against the disease to those who are not vaccinated or otherwise immune to Measles.

Measles is a very contagious disease that can have lifelong health complications. Measles is spread through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person will also get the disease unless they are vaccinated or immune. A person who has had the disease in the past, has been vaccinated, or who was born before 1957 is considered to be immune.

The best way for a person to protect themselves against measles is by getting the MMR vaccine. SCHD has the MMR vaccine available at our clinic location in Corunna. These vaccines are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 989-743-2356. People can also contact their primary healthcare provider for vaccination information.

 

Resources

Measles Outbreak Information

 SCHD Measles Letter to Schools and Daycare Centers 

 SCHD Measles Guidelines 

CDC: Measles Outbreak and Cases

 2019 Michigan Measles Outbreak Information 

Families and Individuals

 CDC: About Measles 

 CDC: Measles Information for Travelers 

 CDC: Measles Vaccination

 Measles Vaccine: Our Best Protection (MDHHS)

Medical Providers and Pharmacies

 CDC: Measles Information for Healthcare Providers 

 CDC: Measles Vaccination for Healthcare Providers