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Health Department Reminding Students To Get Vaccinations

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - We're just two weeks away from the start of school for most students in Michigan. With the first day of classes around the corner 6 News Nick Perreault tells us why one health department wants you to put vaccinations on your back to school list.

They're more likely to make you cry than smile, but in addition to school supplies, Michigan's Department of Community Health wants to remind you to get those shots.

"We want to make sure we're protecting the community as a whole and the best way to do that is to make sure all children, especially those that are going to be in close contact with others near school have the best protection that they can,” said Angela Minicuci, public information officer, Michigan Department of Community Health.

Angela Minicuci says this protection comes at a crucial time as whooping cough cases are on the rise.

"This year we've actually seen about 45 to 50 at this point of the season, pertussis cases than last year,” said Minicuci.

But this public information officer says people seem to get a hint to get their shots less and they are opting out of them.

Taking a look at the numbers around our main counties Minicucci says fortunately numbers are down in recent years. The latest data shows only 8 percent of all school children in Clinton, 7 in Eaton, 5 in Ingham and 3 percent in Jackson asked to have their vaccinations waived.

"Many of them may just wave one of vaccines and choose to get the others."

The department says while you can opt out for religious beliefs or medical reasons, you shouldn't.

"If they don't have their vaccine and they become ill with the vaccine presentable disease they can pass it on to other students who may not be able to get vaccine for medical reasons or haven't received that vaccination yet.”

To make sure your children and those around them are safe, the Department of Community Health also told 6 News, if you're looking for a waiver they suggest you talk to your local physician because the requirements vary in each county to get one.
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