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The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association hosted a media roundtable to encourage parents to get their children and teens up to date on childhood vaccines before in-person learning resumes for the 2021-2022 school year.

The roundtable took place at 10 a.m. Monday.

According to MAFP and MEMSPA, less than 70% of Michigan children are up to date on childhood immunizations, with Detroit and Oscoda County having the lowest childhood vaccination rates in the state. Both plummeted below 50%.

“Safely returning to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year means doing everything possible to protect students from communicable diseases and illnesses, which is why ensuring children and teens are up to date on their vaccines is critical,” said MEMSPA Executive Director Paul Liabenow. “Michigan students can’t afford any more lost learning time due to the spread of diseases.”

Below are state immunization coverage estimates for June 2021 from MCIR for children aged 19 through 35 months and adolescents 13 through 17 years.

Child coverage includes the following vaccine series assessments:

o 4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 HepB, 1 Varicella, and 4 PCV (4313314) = 69.3%

o 4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 HepB, 1 Varicella, 4 PCV, and 2 HepA vaccines (43133142)= 54.7% (ACIP recommended)

Adolescent coverage includes the following vaccine series assessments:

o 1 Tdap, 3 Polio, 2 MMR, 3 HepB, 2 Varicella, and 1 MenACWY (132321)= 73.7%

o 1 Tdap, 3 Polio, 2 MMR, 3 HepB, 2 Varicella, 1 MenACWY, and 2 or 3 HPV doses (1323213)= 42.3% (ACIP recommended)

o 1 dose COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 years of age =28.9%

o 1 dose COVID-19 vaccine for 16-19 years of age = 40%