April 22-29, 2017: Infant Immunization Awareness Week

WHEREAS, giving babies the recommended immunizations by the age of two years can help protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases; and,

WHEREAS, currently, the United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history; and,

WHEREAS, most parents do vaccinate their children, however, according to 2015 National Immunization Survey data, Michigan is below the national average of 72.2 percent for pediatric immunization series coverage of children aged 19-36 months, one-third of Michigan children in that age group were not fully immunized with the pediatric vaccine series, and half of Michigan children are not fully vaccinated with all age-appropriate vaccines by 7 months of age; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to encourage parents and caregivers to talk to their healthcare providers and become educated on the subject of infant immunization so that they can make the best and most fully informed decisions regarding vaccinations for their children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 22-29, 2017 as Infant Immunization Awareness Week in Michigan.