The measles outbreak in Michigan continues to grow as state health officials now report 41 confirmed cases since Mar. 13.
The bulk of the cases are reported from Oakland County, while one case each has been confirmed in Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
The Washtenaw County Health Department is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic April 9, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on April 10, 5 to 7 p.m. at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti.
Oakland and Wayne counties have been offering vaccine clinics on a regular basis since the outbreak started.
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.
From January 1 to April 4, 2019, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.
The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.
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