March 23, 2017

State of MI launches campaign aimed to boost vaccine rates

21 March 2017, 02:43 | Pamela Mathis

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Doctors, parents and public health experts gathered in Lansing with one simple message - vaccinate your children.

It's called "I Vaccinate" - and it's supported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Franny Strong Foundation.

It's a multi-media advertising and educational campaign aimed at raising the state's immunization rate.

That is resulting in an increase in the number of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

A news release says MI ranks 43rd lowest in the USA for immunization coverage among children 19 to 35 months and only 54-percent of MI toddlers are current on vaccinations.

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. Stiffler said more vaccines means healthier kids.

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Monday marked the launch of the "I Vaccinate" campaign.

And now that she is going to be a mother, she says parents should have the right to decide whether or not their children should be immunized.

MI now allows for philosophical and medical vaccine waivers.

"I want parents if they have concerns to get answers to their questions so they can make the best choice to protect their children."

One of the major partners with the state on the program is the Franny Strong Foundation, an organization founded by Oakland County residents Veronica and Sean McNally after their daughter, Francesca, died of whooping cough in 2012. And if you are traveling and your child isn't vaccinated they are at risk.

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