whooping cough http://michiganradio.org en 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 Michigan health officials urge vaccination to avoid pertussis outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-urge-vaccination-avoid-pertussis-outbreak <p><a href="http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/whooping-cough-epidemic/">Washington</a>, Montana and other states are experiencing pertussis outbreaks.</p><p>The respiratory disease, also known as whooping cough, is highly contagious. If infants catch it, they often end up in the hospital.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:49:09 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7216 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan health officials urge vaccination to avoid pertussis outbreak