LANSING, MI – May 2, 2017 – Physician, nurse and health care leaders from across Michigan today issued the following statement praising Governor Rick Snyder for announcing yesterday his opposition to House Bills 4425 and 4426, legislation that would repeal childhood immunization guidelines developed in 2014 and approved by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules:
“Governor Snyder’s opposition to House Bills 4425 and 4426 is great news for the health and safety of Michigan kids. Childhood immunizations protect children, their families, friends, and neighbors from dangerous infectious diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. Michigan’s new rule providing parents with information about vaccines has already made a huge difference for thousands of children, with 18,000 fewer non-medical waivers reported since it went into effect, and waiver rates dropping by 33 percent statewide.
“We are proud of Governor Snyder’s decision to oppose bills that would undo this remarkable progress and threaten the health and safety of our children, especially those who cannot safely be immunized because of other health concerns.”
PIN is made up of Michigan’s leading health care providers, including the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Osteopathic Association, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan State Medical Society Alliance, Michigan Association for Local Public Health, the Michigan Association of School Nurses, the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the School Community Health Alliance of Michigan, the Michigan Association of United Ways, the Michigan Association of Health Plans, the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants, the Franny Strong Foundation, the Cooperative for Safe Kids, and the Northern Michigan Vaccine Preventable Disease Task Force. PIN works together to better educate parents about the importance of childhood immunizations.
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.
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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.
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