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    Get kids caught up on shots before school starts

    Health officials and advocates pushed Monday for Michigan’s children and teens to get up-to-date on immunizations before school starts, saying a large proportion of Michigan kids fell behind on their shots during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun joined Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail and  I Vaccinate campaign founder Veronica McNally to encourage vaccinations that prevent communicable diseases, such as measles, mumps, pertussis, chickenpox and more, from spreading.

    “If vaccination rates went down (too far), all of these diseases would come back, with the exception of small pox, which was eradicated,” Vail said. 

    Vaccination rates for Michigan children ages 19 to 36 months have fallen below 70% in 46 of 83 Michigan counties, according to June data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

    Doctors and public health experts generally agree that a 70% vaccination rate is the minimum protection level desired to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. 

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