Measles Information

Measles is a HIGHLY contagious virus.  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. The 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

Public Health Alert - 7/10/2019

The Grand Traverse County Health Department has received notification of a confirmed case of measles in a Grand Traverse County resident.  PLEASE read the official HEALTH ALERT for additional information.  

The exposure locations in Grand Traverse County include:

    • Sunday, June 30, from 5:00 – 10:00pm:  Walmart (2640 Crossing Cir., Traverse City)
    • Monday, July 1, from 2:00 – 5:00pm:  Department of Human Services (701 S Elmwood, Traverse City)
    • Tuesday, July 2, from 2:30 - 5:00 pm:  Munson Family Practice (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)
    • Wednesday, July 3, from 4:15 - 5:00 pm:  Munson Family Practice (1400 Medical Campus Drive, Traverse City)
    • Thursday, July 4, from 9:30am – 12:15pm:  Munson Medical Center Emergency Room (1105 6th St, Traverse City)
There was NO KNOWN EXPOSURE at the National Cherry Festival.   

Again, PLEASE read the official
HEALTH ALERT for additional information.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is recommending residents make sure they, and their families, 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. Please contact your Primary Cary Physician if you have questions regarding your immunity.



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