Measles Outbreak Information
Southeast Michigan is currently experiencing a measles outbreak. While there are currently no cases in Clinton, Gratiot or Montcalm Counties, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department is urging residents to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations to help prevent further spread of the disease.
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that can have lifelong health complications. Measles is spread by direct person-to-person contact and through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can live up to two hours in the air. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person will also get the disease unless they are vaccinated or immune. A person is considered immune if they have had the disease, been vaccinated or born before 1957.
Vaccination is the best defense against measles. The measles vaccine is available at all three branches of the Mid-Michigan District Health Department. Call the branch nearest you to make an appointment:
Clinton County Branch Office: 989-224-2195
Gratiot County Branch Office: 989-875-3681
Montcalm County Branch Office: 989-831-5237