The Parent Information Network (PIN), comprised of Michigan’s leading health care providers, today reminded parents preparing to send their kids back to school to ensure they are fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. PIN is raising awareness of the importance of childhood immunizations alongside the “I Vaccinate” initiative from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Franny Strong Foundation.
“Immunizations are safe, they’re effective, and they’re the best way to keep our children safe from serious illnesses in the classroom and on the playground,” said MSMS President Mohammed A. Arsiwala, MD. “Parents have an opportunity this back-to-school season to make sure their own kids are fully immunized, protecting both themselves, their families, their classmates, and their communities.”
Michigan in recent years has been among the states with the lowest childhood immunization rates in the nation. It is among the 30 states in 2019 to experience the largest measles outbreak in more than 20 years. Michigan also sees hundreds of cases of whooping cough, mumps, and chickenpox each year, despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines to prevent them.
PIN is made up of Michigan’s leading health care providers, including the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Osteopathic Association, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan State Medical Society Alliance, Michigan Association for Local Public Health, the Michigan Association of School Nurses, the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the School Community Health Alliance of Michigan, the Michigan Association of United Ways, the Michigan Association of Health Plans and the Northern Michigan Vaccine Preventable Disease Task Force. PIN works together to better educate parents about the importance of childhood immunizations.