Measles Information


Measles is very contagious.  Common symptoms include: high fever, rash, runny nose, and red eyes.   Measles spreads through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. The virus is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him/her will also become infected, if they are not protected. Measles can also live for up to two hours in the air the infected person was present.  Symptoms of Measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure.   

Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program, but every year, measles is brought into the United States by unvaccinated travelers.


The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. Your child needs two doses of MMR vaccine for best protection: 
  • The first dose at 12 through 15 months of age
  • The second dose 4 through 6 years of age


Last updated: 4/1/2019 

Public health officials across Michigan continue to monitor an increasing number of measles cases in the Southeast part of the state; specifically Oakland and Wayne counties. While there are currently no cases in Grand Traverse County, the Grand Traverse County Health Department is recommending residents make sure their families and themselves, are vaccinated against the disease. A person who has had the disease in the past, has been vaccinated, or who was born before 1957 is considered to be immune.

For additional information from the State of Michigan2019 Michigan Measles Outbreak Information 

For additional information from the Oakland County Health Department: Exposure Locations in Oakland County

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