2019 Michigan Measles Outbreak Information

As of April 17, 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 43 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019.

The outbreak, which began in mid-March, has resulted in 40 cases in Oakland County, one in Wayne County and one in the City of Detroit. In addition, an international traveler was diagnosed with measles following a visit to Washtenaw County, during which time he was contagious. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults.

Unvaccinated residents, or residents who are unsure of their vaccination status, should get vaccinated. Residents should contact their healthcare provider or local health department to receive vaccine. If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.

Exposure Locations

MDHHS is working closely with county health departments to identify possible exposure locations. Known exposure sites to date.

Vaccination

The Oakland County Health Division is offering vaccination at their offices in Southfield and Pontiac on Monday, 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more information, call 800-848-5533. Please note these offices are not testing centers:

  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

The Wayne County Health Department offers walk-in vaccination at 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 – 11 a.m. and 12:30 – 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3:30 – 7 p.m. Call 734-727-7101 for more information.

The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, almost 100 percent are immune. You cannot get measles from the vaccine. It can be effective within 72 hours of exposure to prevent illness. More information on the measles vaccine is available in the fact sheets Measles Vaccine: Our Best Protecton and Key Facts About Measles.

In addition, immune globulin treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you and if it is available. High-risk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications).

To find your local health department, visit Malph.org/resources/directory

Residents with questions about vaccination are encouraged to visit IVaccinate.org for information based on credible medical science and research to help them protect from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles. The I Vaccinate campaign is a joint effort of the Franny Strong Foundation and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and is supported by every major medical group in the state and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Healthcare Provider Information

Persons who work in health care settings are at increased risk of exposure to measles and at increased risk of transmission to persons at high risk of severe measles. All persons who work in such settings and have the potential for exposure to potentially infectious patients or materials should have presumptive evidence of immunity to measles to prevent any potential outbreak. The Measles Prevention and Exposure Guidance for Healthcare Personnel document provides additional guidance.