Michigan health department urging families to get children vaccinated

Posted at 11:13 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 12:41:34-04

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During National Infant Immunization Week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging Michiganders to ensure their children are fully vaccinated on time for the best possible protection from these serious diseases.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NIIW, an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health achievements. MDHHS says that globally, vaccinations prevent 2 to 3 million deaths each year.

NIIW is April 27 – May 4, and is celebrated as part of World Immunization Week, an initiative of the World Health Organization. The WHO included vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019.

There are currently 43 cases of measles reported in Michigan this year, an outbreak officials say is the worst the state has seen since 1991.

For more information about immunizations and the I Vaccinate campaign, visit