There are currently no cases of measles in Kent County, but there have been 34 cases in Michigan from March 13, 2019 - April 2, 2019.

This outbreak has the Kent County Health Department urging vaccination against the disease to all who are not already vaccinated or immune to measles.

If someone has had the disease in the past, has been vaccinated, or was born before 1957, they are considered to be immune. Everyone else needs to get vaccinated.

The Kent County Health Department has vaccine available at all four of its clinic locations:

  • Fuller Clinic, 700 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • South Clinic, 4700 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
  • North County Clinic, 4388 14 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341
  • Sheldon Clinic/Complex, 121 Franklin SE, Ste. 130, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Vaccine is available by appointment only. Call 616-632-7200. Your primary healthcare provider may also have vaccination information.

Measles is spread through the air and the virus can live for up to two hours in the air. Up to 90 percent of people who aren't vaccinated or immune will get the disease if they are close to a person with measles.