April 2011: Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month

Date:  April 01, 2011  -  April 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, approximately 25,000 Michigan citizens suffer from a form of primary immunodeficiency; and, 

WHEREAS, primary immunodeficiencies are typically genetic disorders in which part of the body's immune system is missing or not fully functioning, preventing the body from effectively defending itself from infections; and, 

WHEREAS, more than 150 primary immunodeficiency diseases have been identified by the World Health Organization; and, 

WHEREAS, precise symptoms of primary immunodeficiency may differ depending on the defect, however, early symptoms of the disease are often and easily confused with a number of common illnesses or infections, causing physicians to not diagnose and treat the real problem; and, 

WHEREAS, though many different therapies are available for treatment, continued primary immunodeficiency research and education is vital; during this month, we raise awareness of primary immunodeficiencies in Michigan for all citizens and health care professionals in order to reduce delays in diagnosis;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2011 as Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month.