MI measles cases up to 41; Washtenaw County reports first case

Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui

Second measles case confirmed in Ottawa

Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years. There are no public exposure sites for the Wayne County case. In the case of measles, the exclusion period is 21 days from the date the exposure occurred.

Measles is a highly-contagious disease which is spread through the air and by person-to-person contact.

The increase has been driven in part by groups who, largely for religious or anti-government reasons, choose not to receive anti-measles vaccinations.

The Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic April 9, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on April 10, 5 to 7 p.m.at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti.

MDHHS would like to take this time to remind Michiganders that the measles vaccine is effective, safe, and readily available through your healthcare provider or local health department.

You can just go and get a boaster shot of the measles vaccine because the good news is that if you are not sure if you had the MR Vaccine (measles vaccine) there is no harm in getting another dose of MMR vaccine if you may already be immune to measles (or mumps or rubella). After two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune. A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years. It can be effective within 72 hours of exposure to prevent illness.

The measles virus. BSIP  UIG via Getty Images
The measles virus. BSIP UIG via Getty Images

But while the highly transmissible disease is seen primarily in children, measles can strike adults who have never been vaccinated and are therefore not immune.

He says immunisations rates in young children have been reasonably good in recent years.

Those born before 1 January 1969 are likely to be immune as measles used to be quite common, it said.

State health officials are stressing that people can not contract measles from the vaccine.

Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and white spots in the mouth. After three to five days a rash appears on the face and then moves down the body.

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