Measles Confirmed in Michigan
This morning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) confirmed a case of measles in Michigan.
This is the first confirmed case of measles in Michigan in 2017. It was discovered in southeast Michigan. The person infected was exposed to measles during international travel. They were hospitalized and are still recovering. Health officials are contacting people in southeast Michigan who may have been exposed to the patient.
Measles is something that's not always top-of-mind since the vaccine is so effective. Last year, there was one case of measles in Michigan. The average nationally in most years is around 60, but in 2014 there were 667 cases nationwide and five cases in Michigan. Most people who got measles in 2014 were not vaccinated.
MDHHS offers these guidelines for vaccination, "Adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of the vaccine. The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12 months of age. For international travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles."
Measles can lead to pneumonia and death. It initially looks like a cold with a fever, red eyes, cough and runny nose, but most recognize it for the rash starting on the head and face that spreads to the rest of the body.
Learn more about getting vaccinated against measles.