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8 measles cases in Oakland County since March 13

8 measles cases in Oakland County since March 13

If you are unsure whether you have been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, contact your healthcare provider. Doctors say a person can catch it simply by walking into a room an infected person had been in two hours before. Officials believe that case is linked to the four other confirmed and three suspected cases in the county. High-risk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and disease like diabetes or HIV, malnutrition, and/or medications).

MI health officials previous year urged people to get vaccinated after confirming several measles cases in the state.

Saturday, March 23 - noon to 4 p.m.

Kroger: 19853 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Huntington Woods Minyan, 14130 Balfour Street, Oak Park, from 8:30 a.m. -2 p.m.

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Friday, March 29 - 9 a.m.to noon and 1- 4 p.m.

Metro Health is urging immunizations to prevent getting this disease, simply washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and covering coughs and sneezes are not enough to prevent the spread of measles.

Yeshivas Darchei Torah School: 21550 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Other states, including Missouri, have more stringent laws that allow for religious exemptions to vaccines.

Contact your community health centre to speak with a public health nurse who will review your vaccine history, determine your immunity to measles, and arrange for vaccinations if needed. It's possible - but very unlikely - for a person to contract the virus after they've been vaccinated, according to the Mayo Clinic.