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Michigan launches new campaign to get kids vaccinated

State health officials urge flu vaccinations

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new campaign encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated.

Newschannel 3 was on hand Monday for the launch of the I Vaccinate ad campaign in Lansing.

MDHHS says vaccination is the best way for parents to protect their kids from 16 potentially harmful diseases.

The campaign was launched with the help of a family who lost their little girl, Francesca, to pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

“Immediately after she passed, we formed the Franny Strong Foundation to promote awareness,” said Veronica McNally. “It was not long after that we realized pertussis was not the only vaccine-preventable disease making a comeback.”

The 2015 National Immunization Survey reveals Michigan’s childhood immunization rate is 43rd among all states for children ages 19 to 35 months.

You can learn more about the I Vaccinate program here; https://ivaccinate.org

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