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Michigan fourth highest state for parents refusing immunizations

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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:16 am | Updated: 9:17 am, Wed Aug 21, 2013.

 Between scooping up new shoes, pens and binders for their kids, there’s a vital back-to-school duty Mark Valacak often sees parents overlook until after the first day of school. Ignored, it can cost kids school days and potentially damage a child’s health.

 Immunizations for students, which have seen growing opposition from parents in Michigan, are required by state law near the start of a new school year. With the first day starting near Labor Day, parents have little time left to get their kids into a doctor’s office before another year of academics.

 “The challenge is a lot of parents don’t think about the vaccines over the summer. If you’re not up to date…schools have exclusion policies,” said Valacak, a health officer with Genesee County. “It’s a requirement of state law that children be immunized.”

 Valacak said there are clauses that allow parents to bypass the immunizations, citing religious and philosophical beliefs. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of parents turning down immunizations is increasing across the state.

 Michigan is currently the fourth highest state for parents refusing immunizations for their kids. The CDC estimates that nearly 6 percent of the 125,000 kindergartners in the state have waived immunization.

 Valacak, who has seen requests for waivers increase in the past few years, attributes the increase to faulty published articles that continue to be circulated around the Internet. One debunked study from Great Britain claimed vaccines cause autism. Valacak said although the doctor who published the article has lost his license to practice medicine, similar theories continue to persist and plant doubt in parents’ minds.

 “I would encourage parents to go to trusted websites like the Mayo Clinic and the CDC where you can get accurate information,” Valacak said.

 Lake Fenton High School Principal Todd Reynolds experiences few encounters where parents forget or refuse to have their kids immunized. In addition to religious or philosophical reasons, Reynolds said students can receive a waiver if they are allergic to vaccines.

 According to the CDC, immunization shots start right after birth and can follow up until the age of 18. Whooping cough, measles, rotavirus and diphtheria are a few of the 16 diseases the CDC lists as preventable if children are vaccinated.

 The CDC warns parents who do forfeit immunizations have to assume full responsibility when a child becomes sick. Children may have to be isolated from others during a doctor’s visit or ambulance run in order to prevent the risk of contacting an illness.

 The CDC reports that children who do not receive immunizations often grow up with weaker immune systems. Parents must also be aware of the wider range of symptoms, since signs of whooping cough or rotavirus are not as easily recognizable as other common illnesses.

 For parents who do need to get their children immunized, Valacak suggests scheduling an appointment with their doctor or visiting a county clinic as soon as possible. He said there are payment programs for kids who do not have health insurance but still need to get immunized.

 “The vaccines are most effective in intervals. Be sure to work with your health care provider to make sure you’re up to date,” Valacak said.

 For more information on immunization and locations to receive them, visit cdc.gov and the Michigan Department of Community Health at Michigan.gov/mdch.

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10 comments:

  • anonymous posted at 5:55 pm on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    anonymous Posts: 4398

    This is not a vast conspiracy to cover something up. The studies relied upon by anti-vaccine advocates have been thoroughly debunked. Not everything is a conspiracy. We have to start trusting a field of professionals who are much smarter and much more educated than ourselves instead of relying on foundationless speculation bolstered by Jenny McCarthy. Vaccines do not cause autism. Until you have a REPUTABLE group of scientists with hard data to back it up, you shouldn't just dismiss scientific fact as some sinister plot to give everybody autism.

     
  • anonymous posted at 7:37 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    anonymous Posts: 4398

    I'd like to know what studies the CDC is using to conclude that "children who do not receive immunizations often grow up with weaker immune systems." Immunology is one of the least developed of the science; there is much we do not know, both about how the immune system works, and how autoimmunity works.

    Those of us who have delayed vaccines, or have used fewer vaccines, or who have turned down vaccines entirely, are noticing that our children don't succumb to even mild illnesses at anywhere near the rate that their vaccinated classmates do.

    And their parents are noticing this also, and they, too, are starting to question the autoimmune effect of vaccines.

    We keep clamoring for vaccinated vs. unvaccinated studies, where the "unvaccinated" are truly UNVACCINATED, not partially vaccinated.

    And without those studies, the CDC has absolutely no basis for concluding ANYTHING regarding the immune systems of unvaccinated children.

     
  • maurinemeleck posted at 4:58 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    maurinemeleck Posts: 1

    The autism numbers according to the CDC ae 1 in 50 children. Nobody seems to know after 2 decades what the cause is, but government health agencies tell us it is not vaccines. Yet, they refuse to do a fully vaccinated vs fully unvaccinated study of children for 20 yeas. Who could believe them.? They are not believable. The rise in autism and other immune disorders began in the early 1990's at the same time as the rise in the number of vaccines given. Of course parents are afraid to vaccinate their children
    marine meleck, sc

     
  • amdachel posted at 1:09 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    amdachel Posts: 9

    In this CBS News report from 2007, reporter Sharyl Attkisson addressed what motivates a lot of the people who deny vaccines cause autism.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-625458.html


    Attkisson: "Other scientists and the CDC dispute such a link, but if it's true, hundreds of thousands of American kids could be living with the fallout and the results could be devastating to vaccine makers and federal health officials who have steadfastly defended the use of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in childhood vaccines."

    That is the truth! ...."the results could be devastating to vaccine makers"

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

     
  • amdachel posted at 1:07 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    amdachel Posts: 9

    Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer in the UK talked about the MMR vaccine in the Daily Mail in 2006: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-376203/Former-science-chief-MMR-fears-coming-true.html

    “[Fletcher] said he has seen a ‘steady accumulation of evidence’ from scientists worldwide that the measles, mumps and rubella jab is causing brain damage in certain children.

    “But [Fletcher] added: ‘There are very powerful people in positions of great authority in Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on the safety of MMR and they are willing to do almost anything to protect themselves.’”

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

     
  • amdachel posted at 1:06 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    amdachel Posts: 9

    "One debunked study from Great Britain claimed vaccines cause autism."

    Mark Valacak blames "faulty published articles that continue to be circulated around the Internet."

    HDNet TV exposed the fact that while health officials continue to tell us studies show no link, the federal government has paid out millions of dollars for compensation for vaccine injuries that included autism.
    http://www.ebcala.org/unanswered-questions

    Video "Mixed Signals" On HDNet TV: http://blip.tv/hdnet-world-report/vaccines-and-autism-mixed-signals-5479546

    On Fox News, May 10, 2011, New York University law professor Mary Holland discussed the fact that a stunning report from Pace Law School revealed that for years, parents have won vaccine damage suits resulting in autism in federal court, all the while the government denied doing so. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4687300/law-school-links-autism-vaccines-in-report/

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

     
  • amdachel posted at 1:06 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    amdachel Posts: 9

    CBS News ran this story about Hannah Poling in 2010: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award. Are we to believe that vaccines have nothing to do with autism--unless you're Hannah Poling?
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20015982-10391695.html
    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

     
  • amdachel posted at 1:05 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    amdachel Posts: 9

    There are experts on both sides of this controversy and parents need to educate themselves. See the National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/.

    This is a link to a list of approximately 150 scientists and physicians who have serious concerns about vaccine safety.

    http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/news-views/doctors-and-scientists-with-concerns-about-vaccines/

    There are over 200 independent studies done by well-credentialed experts that raise serious concerns about vaccine side effects shown on The Greater Good website

    http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/learn-more/science/.

    If you are a worried parent, you are not alone. If you or your child has been vaccine-injured, you are not alone.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

     
  • amdachel posted at 1:05 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    amdachel Posts: 9

    This link shows the dramatic increase in the number of vaccine our children received between 1983 and 2012.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-arqv6t8VacY/T7QvOcTrpmI/AAAAAAAAD-U/EBqU4n3R0SE/s1600/VaxCDC.png

    Where is even one study on the cumulative effect of the increasing number of vaccines in the childhood schedule? THERE ISN'T ONE.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/

     
  • amdachel posted at 1:03 pm on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    amdachel Posts: 9

    "The CDC reports that children who do not receive immunizations often grow up with weaker immune systems."

    How can the CDC make that ridiculous claim? Based on what science? For years, parents in the autism community have asked for a simple study looking at fully vaccinated and never vaccinated kids to compare their health outcomes, especially to compare the autism rates of the two groups. Officials have refused to consider a study like this.

    There are now so many parents too afraid to vaccinate that the study group is out there. Our health officials do retrospective studies like this all the time but they refuse to call for one that could end the most heated controversy in pediatric medicine. We all should be asking why. There are now so many parents too scared to vaccinate their kids, so the study group is out there.

    Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

     

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