FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2019
MDHHS CONTACT: Angela Minicuci, 517-763-3609
OCHD CONTACT: Leigh-Anne Stafford, 248-858-1280
Pontiac, Mich. – Additional exposure locations have been identified in Oakland County’s measles outbreak. If you were at the following locations on the dates and times listed below, you were at risk of being exposed to measles and still have an opportunity to receive vaccination by March 24. High risk individuals can receive immune globulin treatment within 6 days of exposure.
March 18 – March 21
To view the full list of confirmed exposure locations, visit www.oakgov.com/health.
Special measles vaccination clinics are open to the public tomorrow, Sunday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse on Call phone line will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, to answer any questions. Please call 800-848-5533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Unvaccinated individuals need to get vaccinated. If you do not have a record of two measles (MMR) vaccines, unsure if you have been vaccinated, or unsure if you have had measles in the past, contact your healthcare provider,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “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.”
Watch for symptoms for 21 days after potential exposure. Vaccine is effective within 72 hours of exposure to prevent illness. In addition, Immune Globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals. Talk to your preferred 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).
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:
For more information about measles, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Nurse on Call at 800-848- 5533, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
For media inquiries only, please contact Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division, at (248) 858-1410.
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