vaccination http://michiganradio.org en Why do so many Michigan parents refuse to have their kids vaccinated? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-so-many-michigan-parents-refuse-have-their-kids-vaccinated <p>Michigan now has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who do not have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.</p><p>Despite adamant statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control that vaccines have no link to autism, an anti-vaccination movement is growing online, from parent to parent, and through activist celebrities, such as actress Jenny McCarthy.</p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month and physicians are mounting fresh efforts&nbsp; to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.</p><p>This vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.</p><p>We wanted to see how this story is being played out in the exam rooms of a busy pediatric practice, day-in and day out. Oakland County pediatrician Dr. Martin Levinson has been practicing medicine for 33 years. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:37:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 13943 at http://michiganradio.org Why do so many Michigan parents refuse to have their kids vaccinated? Stateside for Monday, August 12th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-12th-2013 <p>Entrepreneurship is on the rise in West Michigan. We took a look at what this means for the Grand Rapids area and the rest of the state.</p><p>And, when you consider all of the possible "fixes" being discussed for struggling big cities like Detroit, there is an idea being offered up that has truly stood the test of time: attract more immigrants.</p><p>Also, we heard how a University of Michigan professor is using archeology to tell the story of undocumented immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.</p><p>First on the show, &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan now has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who do not have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.</span></p><p>Despite adamant statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control that vaccines have no link to autism, an anti-vaccination movement is growing online, from parent to parent, and through activist celebrities, such as actress Jenny McCarthy.</p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month and physicians are mounting fresh efforts&nbsp; to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.</p><p>This vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.</p><p>We wanted to see how this story is being played out in the exam rooms of a busy pediatric practice, day-in and day out. Oakland County pediatrician Dr. Martin Levinson has been practicing medicine for 33 years. He joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:35:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 13944 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 12th, 2013 Michigan has the 4th highest number of parents who won't vaccinate their kids, what's that about? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-4th-highest-number-parents-who-wont-vaccinate-their-kids-whats-about <p>Michigan has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.</span></p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new effort is underway to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“As parents prepare to send their children back to school….it is important they make sure each child is up to date with their immunizations,” says Dr. Kenneth&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elmassian</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the president of the Michigan State Medical Society.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than a hundred children in&nbsp;Washtenaw&nbsp;County have been treated for Whooping Cough this year. There were nearly 850 cases statewide last year. One 3 month old child died.&nbsp;</span></p></div><p>Cases of other preventable diseases are also on the rise in Michigan.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State health officials blame Michigan’s declining child vaccination rate.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13896 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan has the 4th highest number of parents who won't vaccinate their kids, what's that about? 61 percent don't know if they are a danger to their babies http://michiganradio.org/post/61-percent-dont-know-if-they-are-danger-their-babies <p>It might be embarrassing, but expecting mothers: it is ok to tell friends and family to be vaccinated before they see your baby.</p><p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/features/pertussis/">Pertussis, or Whooping Cough</a> as it is more commonly known, is at the highest level of outbreak in the past 50 years. Ann Arbor specifically, reports a high level of the disease in their schools.</p><p></p><p>So, why does this put your newborn in danger?</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:21:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13095 at http://michiganradio.org 61 percent don't know if they are a danger to their babies Confirmed flu cases down, health officials warn people to keep guard up anyway http://michiganradio.org/post/confirmed-flu-cases-down-health-officials-warn-people-keep-guard-anyway <p>Maybe people are washing their hands and staying home when they’re sick. Maybe they’re not even going to the doctor’s office; toughing it out at home on the couch instead.</p><p>We don’t know why exactly, but the number of confirmed flu cases in Kent County this week <a href="http://www.accesskent.com/NewsRoom/PressReleases/2013/01152013.pdf">dropped 43-percent from the week before</a>. The number of people visiting the emergency room with flu-like symptoms has also decreased.</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIFluFocus_1_5_06_146893_7.pdf">Statewide numbers are less dramatic</a>, but also down from a peak in December.</p><p>Still...</p><p>“If you haven’t gotten a vaccination yet, get it,” Lisa LaPlant, a Kent County Health Department spokeswoman said. “There is a possibility that we could see resurgence of flu,” she adds. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:35:42 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10788 at http://michiganradio.org Confirmed flu cases down, health officials warn people to keep guard up anyway Stateside: Entering flu season equipped with vaccination http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-entering-flu-season-equipped-vaccination <p>Flu vaccinations are invaluable for anyone aiming to stay healthy this winter.</p><p>Dr. Dean Sienko, Interim Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health, stressed the importance of vaccinations.</p><p>“It looks like this is going to be one of our worst flu seasons in the past decade. The important thing is that citizens take this seriously.”</p><p>According to Sienko, only 20% of the Michigan population has been vaccinated. He recommended that almost everyone over six months of age receive a vaccination. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:00:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10669 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Entering flu season equipped with vaccination Flu season arrives early -- and it could be a bad one http://michiganradio.org/post/flu-season-arrives-early-and-it-could-be-bad-one <p>Michigan health officials say the flu has arrived in Michigan, and it's much earlier than usual.&nbsp;<br><br>The flu doesn't usually get a grip until January or February. But more than 30 cases have been reported so far in the state.<br><br>Angela Minicucci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says it could be a nasty flu season, and with holiday family gatherings coming up, it's a good idea to get a flu shot now.<br> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:58:42 +0000 Rina Miller 10380 at http://michiganradio.org Flu season arrives early -- and it could be a bad one Do your school children have all their vaccinations? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-your-school-children-have-all-their-vaccinations <p>It&#39;s&nbsp; the week to go before school doors open across Michigan.&nbsp; And along with school supplies, children need their required vaccinations.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:05:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 3941 at http://michiganradio.org Do your school children have all their vaccinations?