State campaign aims to raise vaccination rates

"I Vaccinate ad campaign launches in Michigan

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

MI health officials are launching a vaccination campaign aimed at preventing serious diseases in children.

"It threatens the state and the country in terms of the health of our children", she said.

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

MI is now ranked 43rd in the nation for immunization rates among children 19 to 35 months. 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. The website features facts, videos of parents who were undecided about vaccinations and resources for parents to get answers to the questions they may have about immunizing their child.

"Everyone wants to do what's in the best interest of their children, and we know that", she said. "And we hope that this is an empowering message for them and that they can get what they need and really we can protect MI children together".

The debate between parents who refuse to have their children inoculated against vaccine-preventable diseases and the health care community continues.

"We don't see as many children on the pediatric floor that we used to", he said. But this is where I think it becomes really powerful where you have parents talking to parents. "But I think it partly comes down to vaccines".

MI children entering kindergarten must show proof of immunization for measles, pertussis, polio, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, chicken pox, diphtheria and tetanus, unless a parent signs a waiver.

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