State Recognizes National Infant Immunization Week

The state of Michigan is using this week to remind all parents of newborns of the importance of getting their babies vaccinated. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Jennifer Eisner tells WSJM News vaccine rates have been going down in the state.

“Immunizations are safe and effective, and we’ve seen in recent years an uptick in certain vaccinate-preventable diseases,” Eisner said. “Measles, in 2014, we had several cases here in Michigan, and over 700 nationwide.”

Eisner tells us Michigan is below the national average of about 72% for kids getting all of their vaccines. The state has launched a campaign with IVaccinate.org to make sure parents have all of the information they need. Eisner says keeping kids vaccinated helps to stop once-common diseases from coming back.