State officials with the Department of Health and Human Services are urging Michigan residents to get vaccinated now that there's is a measles outbreak in the state.

A press release was issued on Friday stating that there are now 15 confirmed cases of measles so far this year... the highest its been since 1994 when there was 26!

Measles can be prevented by getting the vaccine which is highly recommended if you or your family members haven't gotten it. It's especially important if you're traveling internationally. MDHHS Chief Medical Executive says

The increases in measles cases being reported drives home the importance of being up-to-date on vaccines.

Signs of the infection include:

  • High fever
  • Red eyes
  • Cough
  • Runny Nose
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Rashes on the face & head which eventually spread to the rest of the body

Michigan isn't the only state dealing with measles right now. According to MDHHS as of October 6th, there were 142 confirmed cases nationwide.

Only 56% of kids in Michigan are up-to-date on their vaccines. Stay in the know and get more info here on how to keep your child healthy and protected.