Michigan Kids Fall Behind In Routine Vaccinations

Just over half of Michigan toddlers are up to date on their vaccinations.

Dr. Deanna Lites
August 15, 2018 - 9:55 pm

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DETROIT (WWJ) -  The new school year is just around the corner and part of the preparation might include making sure your immunizations are current. 

The Michigan Department of Health is urging residents to protect themselves and their children against vaccine-preventable diseases reports WWJ Health Reporter Dr. Deanna Lites. 

Angela Minnicuci with the MDOH says there are a lot of school age kids who are behind on basic immunizations. 

"We have a lot of parents with toddlers or school-age children who delay vaccinations or skip them all together," says Minnicuci.  

There have been outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the state including measles, whooping cough, and hepatitis A.

Last year's flu season was among the worst in recent history for the state.

Only 56 percent of Michigan toddlers are up to date on all of their recommended vaccinations according to the Michigan Health Department. 

Health officials across the country are monitoring the spread of measles across 21 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, there have already been 107 cases reported this year. The majority of those cases were in people who were not vaccinated says IVaccinate.org. 

Talk to your doctor if you have concerns or questions about vaccinating your child.

"It's an incredible wealth of knowledge, it points to all the scientific evidence and support out there about why vaccines are safe and effective in protecting you and your children's health," she says. 

You can check out the health department's I vaccinate website [HERE].

https://ivaccinate.org/