Michigan has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a new effort is underway to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.
The vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.
“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 Elmassian, the president of the Michigan State Medical Society.
More than a hundred children in Washtenaw County have been treated for Whooping Cough this year. There were nearly 850 cases statewide last year. One 3 month old child died.
Cases of other preventable diseases are also on the rise in Michigan. State health officials blame Michigan’s declining child vaccination rate.