Why Are Vaccinations Declining in Michigan?

August 12, 2013

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"Without vaccinating, we're putting not only individuals at risk, but the population at risk if enough people don't get vaccinated."

Bob Swanson, Director of Immunology, Michigan Department of Community Health

Have your children been immunized? State health officials say vaccination rates are falling, despite recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough. Parents enrolling their kids in school for the first time are required--with few exceptions--to provide immunization records. Bob Swanson is the director of immunization for the Michigan Department of Community Health. He says complacency is one reason why some parents are choosing not to inoculate their children. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

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