Michigan Health Officials pushed Monday for children and teens to get up-to-date on immunizations before school starts. A large proportion of 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 said that He is responsible for the Vaccinate campaign founder Veronica McNally to encourage vaccinations that prevent communicable diseases, such as measles, mumps, pertussis, chickenpox and more, from spreading.
Vali said that if the vaccination rates went down, all of these diseases would come back, with the exception of smallpox, which was eradicated. Vaccination rates for Michigan children ages 19 to 36 months have fallen below 70% in 46 of 83 Michigan counties.Doctors and Michigan Health Officials agree that a 70% vaccination rate is the minimum protection level desired to prevent the spread of diseases. Seven outstate counties and the city of Detroit have fewer than 60% of young children caught up on their shots.
According to the state data the Vaccination coverage for adolescents, ages 10 to 19 years old, in Michigan fell from 77% in January 2020 to 73.7% in June 2021.According to the state health department the COVID-19 vaccine is not part of the required childhood or adolescent schedule, 32.9% of Michigan’s 12- to 15-year-olds and 42.6% of 16- to 19-year-olds have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.