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The measles outbreak in Michigan this spring has ended. But, cases are occurring in multiple U.S. states and internationally. Everyone is encouraged to protect themselves from measles with vaccination.
Measles is spread through the air by an infected person and is very contagious. A person with measles is contagious for four days before and four days after the rash appears. A person can be infected with measles just by being in the same air space as an infected person, even up to two hours after the infected person has left. Full vaccination provides almost 100 percent protection.
Everyone is encouraged to check and update their measles vaccination. If you are already vaccinated with two doses, have a history of natural illness or lab-confirmed immunity, you are considered immune. See specific guidelines below, or in this PDF.
Washtenaw County Health Department can provide vaccine with no charge to individuals with Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan insurance or who are uninsured or underinsured. Call the Health Department at 734-544-6700 to make an appointment. Please bring your insurance card. For others, fees may apply. If you have another form of private insurance, contact your healthcare provider first for the vaccine.
The MMR vaccine is also available through primary health care providers and at some local pharmacies.
Measles (rubeola) is an extremely contagious disease caused by the measles virus. Measles can cause complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Measles can also cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.
Symptoms usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear as long as 21 days after exposure. If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor, urgent care or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.
Measles is easily spread by person-to-person direct contact and airborne spread of droplets from the nose, throat, and mouth through sneezing, coughing, and speaking. A person can be infected with measles just by being in a room with an infected person, even up to 2 hours after the infected person has left.
Measles can be spread 4 days before developing the rash through 4 days after the rash appears. Measles is highly contagious.