- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - State numbers say vaccination rates for Michigan schoolchildren are edging higher.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1xu8MdT ) 92 percent of Michigan kindergartners were fully vaccinated in the fall of 2014 compared with 91.9 percent in fall 2013.

Jennifer Smith, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health, says officials have “definitely focused our efforts in the last few years on educating our communities about the values of vaccines.” The state is awaiting numbers from some schools.

State officials have expressed concern about Michigan’s vaccine waiver rate for school children whose parents opted them out of immunizations for highly contagious diseases such as measles and whooping cough.

The state says about 5.2 percent of Michigan’s kindergartners had vaccination waivers in the fall of 2014 compared with 5.8 percent in fall 2013.


Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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