Childhood immunizations protect our kids from dangerous infectious diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and more, but they can’t help if parents don’t get their kids vaccinated.
Michigan recently approved a change to Michigan’s childhood immunization standards requiring parents of school-aged children who seek a “non-medical exemption” to immunization requirements to have their waiver certified by their local health department.
While individuals may still choose and obtain a waiver for any reason, the new rule has led to better education about the safety and effectiveness of immunizations, encouraging informed decisions.
It’s a common sense reform that’s protecting kids and making Michigan a healthier state, and immunization waiver rates have plummeted as a result. That means our children are safer and healthier.
Unfortunately, a pair of state lawmakers this week introduced House Bills 4425 and 4426, misguided legislation that would roll back these effective, lifesaving initiatives and undo the progress Michigan has made protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
According to testimony by state officials, Michigan’s improved opt-out policies are working and they’re making kids healthier. Now’s not the time to turn back the clock on this critical reform.
Please click here to urge your lawmaker to Michigan kids first by voting NO on House Bills 4425 and 4426.
LANSING, MI – The Parent Information Network (PIN), comprised of MIAAP and Michigan’s leading health care providers, on March 20, came out in strong support of the newly launched “I Vaccinate” initiative from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Franny Strong Foundation. This campaign will be an important tool in raising awareness of the importance of vaccines and the role they play in preventing deadly diseases.
“It’s incredibly important for parents to ensure their children are vaccinated,” said pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University, Michael Stiffler, MD. “It not only protects their own family’s health, but the health of their communities as well.”
Recent data revealed Michigan’s childhood immunization rates as one of the lowest nationwide, putting the entire state at risk for an increase in vaccine-preventable diseases. Safe and effective, vaccines are the best way to protect children from deadly, preventable illnesses. Find resources, facts about vaccines, and more at IVaccinate.org.
Members of the Michigan Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics Ask Congress to Defend Patients’ Access to Care.
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On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved extending the age indication for use of FluLaval® Quadrivalent (ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec, a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline) to include children 6 through 35 months. FluLaval® Quadrivalent is now licensed for use in all persons 6 months of age and older. MDHHS has updated the following flu vaccine educational handouts:
Oral Health Disparities as a Social Justice Issue: The Why and How of Partnering to Tackle Them
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the leading health professional organizations in Michigan have published this updated letter regarding the promotion of the HPV Vaccine.
The Detroit Free Press recently published MIAAP’s President Dr. Neil R. Wienberg’s article that addresses the various social stressors children are facing in addition to the Flint Water Crisis. Click here to read the article.
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