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"Michigan parents who want to opt-out of vaccinations for their children must now get the forms from their local health department instead of mailing in requests. It’s part of the state Department of Health and Human Services’ initiative to inform residents about the benefits of vaccinations." (WDET)

"A Michigan doctor has launched a campaign to strengthen the state's vaccination law by eliminating religious and philosophical waivers to vaccination for children attending school, preschool or daycare." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"A new rule requiring parents to attend a class at their local health department if they want a vaccination waiver for their kids before school starts is reigniting the debate over mandatory vaccinations." (Detroit Free Press)

"A baby with whooping cough struggles for life while attached to a heart-lung bypass machine. A child on a ventilator suffers intractable seizures because of meningitis. Drs. Ryan and Andrea Hadley, both physicians for University of Michigan Health System, know first-hand the devastation caused by vaccine-preventable diseases. They also know contagious diseases such as measles and whooping cough are making a comeback." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Vaccination rates for Michigan schoolchildren are inching up, according to new state data, but the numbers remain worrisome for public-health officials. In all, 92 percent of all Michigan kindergartners were fully vaccinated in fall 2014, compared to 91.9 percent in fall 2013. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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