Measles Update as of 4/9/19

As of 04/09/2019 the Oakland County Health Department and Bloomfield Pediatric Care recommend that all children living in south Oakland County should accelerate their MMR vaccine.

  • If you do not have a record of two documented measles (MMR) vaccines from a doctor or in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), unsure if you were vaccinated, or unsure if you had measles in the past, contact your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated.
  • Measles vaccine is a 2-dose series. If you have two documented doses of the MMR vaccine you do not need another dose.
  • All healthy children should be vaccinated at 12 – 15 months with the combination shot for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR).
  • A 2nd MMR vaccine is usually given at 4 – 6 years of age, but can be given earlier if it is at least 4 weeks after the 1st dose. Children who receive two MMR vaccines at least 4 weeks apart at any time after the age of 12 months are considered to have completed the MMR series.
  • Some infants under 12 months should get a dose of MMR if they are in an area with ongoing transmission or are traveling out of the country. This dose will not count toward their routine series, so these children would still need to receive two MMR vaccines after 12 months of age.  Contact your healthcare provider to determine if your infant should get a dose of MMR.

I have been exposed to someone with measles, what do I do?

  • Unvaccinated individuals need to get vaccinated within 72 hours of exposure. If you do not have a record of receiving two measles (MMR) vaccines, unsure if you have been vaccinated, or unsure if you have had measles in the past, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Immune Globulin (IG) treatment is effective within 6 days of exposure for high-risk individuals including those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women, and those with a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition, and/or medications.
  • If symptoms develop, call ahead before you visit your doctor or emergency room so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.
  • Stay home if you are sick and don’t allow visitors in your home as measles is highly contagious.
  • Watch for symptoms for 21 days after potential exposure. Call your preferred healthcare provider if symptoms develop and you believe you were exposed.

Where to get the vaccination:

While Bloomfield Pediatric Care cannot keep up with the demand for the MMR vaccine that the new recommendations require, the Health Department can. We suggest that patients go to the Health Department for MMR vaccinations.

Patients that have well visits scheduled where the MMR would normally would be administered can receive the vaccine at their well visit. We also have a limited amount of vaccinations and boosters available if your infant or child is exposed to expedite their immunization.

Health Department Information:

The Oakland County Health Department in Southfield and Pontiac are open:

Monday: 8:30am – 6pm and Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 am – 5pm

If you have any questions you can contact the nurses line at the health department at 1-800-848-5533 or email noc@oakgov.com

Health department addresses:

North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

 

 

https://www.oakgov.com/health/information/Pages/Measles.aspx