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Central Michigan health officials urge residents to get measles vaccine

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Health officials in Central Michigan are encouraging residents to get vaccinated against measles as cases continue to rise in the United States.

The Central Michigan District Health Department said that 1 in 5 people who get measles end up in the hospital.

According to CMDHD, the disease is highly contagious and spreads fast among unvaccinated people.

"Measles cases anywhere pose a risk to all countries and all communities where people are under-vaccinated. Urgent, targeted efforts are critical to prevent measles disease and deaths." said John Vertefeuille, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Global Immunization Division.

The Central Michigan District Health Department says the measles vaccine is a two-shot series that can be given to children 12 months or older.

Jazmin Anderson is a newsroom intern covering central Michigan for WCMU.