Michigan Families Urged to Catch Children Up on Needed Vaccines
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:50:26 EDT

Fewer Michigan children are currently up to date on their routine vaccines because of postponed well-child visits during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges families to get children and adolescents caught up on all recommended vaccines as soon as possible.

Because of the pandemic, they say it is important to ensure everyone is protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Decreased immunization rates put Michiganders at risk for disease outbreaks.

According to data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), the percentage of 5-month-olds in Michigan who were fully up to date on all recommended vaccines decreased from about two-thirds during 2016-2019 to less than half in May 2020.

Parents should contact their child’s healthcare provider to find out what vaccines their child needs, discuss the safety measures put in place to protect patients and schedule an appointment.

For more information about immunizations, visit IVaccinate.org.


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