Michigan health care leaders speak in support of pro-vaccination campaign
The Parent Information Network (PIN), comprised of Michigan's leading health care providers, today came out in strong support of the newly launched "I Vaccinate" initiative from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Franny Strong Foundation. This campaign will be an important tool in raising awareness of the importance of vaccines and the role they play in preventing deadly diseases.
"Childhood immunizations protect our kids from dangerous infectious diseases, but they can't help if parents don't get their kids vaccinated," said David M. Krhovsky, MD, President of the Michigan State Medical Society and a practicing anesthesiologist in Kent County. "Immunizations are safe, effective, and, the best way to keep our kids healthy. It's a simple step that can save a life."
Recent data revealed Michigan's childhood immunization rates as one of the lowest nationwide, putting the entire state at risk for an increase in vaccine-preventable diseases. Safe and effective, vaccines are the best way to protect children from deadly, preventable illnesses.
PIN is made up of Michigan's leading health care providers, including the Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, 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.