MI officials announce campaign encouraging parents to vaccinate children

MI officials announce campaign encouraging parents to vaccinate children

- The State of MI has launched a new effort to encourage parents to vaccinate their children.

While that may be, the fact remains that Michigan's childhood immunization rates are among the lowest in the nation.

Health officials say this is important because, according to new research, MI ranks 43rd lowest in the United States for immunization coverage among kids 19 to 35 months old.

In 2016 we had pockets of chicken pox outbreaks, over 400 cases of whooping cough with some children dying and also an increase in mumps cases not just in MI but around the country.

MI now allows for philosophical and medical vaccine waivers.

The I Vaccinate campaign features a website along with social media and television ads encouraging parents with questions about vaccines to seek out more information. Medical experts throughout the country have defended the need for vaccinations, saying high vaccination rates are critical to preventing epidemics of highly contagious diseases such as whooping cough and measles.

Monday marked the launch of the "I Vaccinate" campaign. Other areas Wells said could factor into the issue are parents not being fully aware of when to bring their child in, lack of followup from physicians or a basic lack of access to healthcare.

Franny Strong President and co-founder, Veronica McNally says there are devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a child.

Dr. Mike Stiffler said the campaign might not be able to convince hard-core anti-vaxxers, but they do hope to reach parents who are on the fence about vaccinations. And if you are traveling and your child isn't vaccinated they are at risk.