Importance of Vaccinating Children Highlighted During National Infant Immunization Week

April 24, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 24, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has joined public health departments nationwide in recognizing National Infant Immunization Week from April 22 – 29. During this week, MDHHS is promoting routine childhood immunizations by encouraging parents of young children to get their little Michiganders vaccinated on time.

“Vaccinations are one of the best public health achievements in history,” says Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with MDHHS. “Children shouldn’t die from diseases like pertussis and influenza in 2017. We have vaccines to protect against these diseases, and we need to make sure infants have all the protection they can get by staying current with the recommended immunizations.”

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance focused on the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrating the achievements of immunization programs. NIIW is being celebrated as part of World Immunization Week – a World Health Organization initiative to globally promote immunization, improve equity in the use of vaccines, and advance universal access to vaccination services.

Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough (pertussis), chickenpox (varicella), mumps, and hepatitis A, still circulate in Michigan. According to 2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS) data, Michigan is below the national average of 72.2 percent for pediatric immunization series coverage of children ages 19 months through 35 months, with one-third of Michigan children in that age group not fully immunized with the pediatric vaccine series. Half of Michigan children are not fully vaccinated with all age-appropriate vaccines by seven months of age, leaving our most vulnerable residents susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases.

Ensuring children are vaccinated according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) childhood immunization schedule provides the best protection early in life. In March of this year, MDHHS joined the Franny Strong Foundation to launch the IVaccinate campaign to promote childhood immunizations. The Franny Strong Foundation was created by Veronica and Sean McNally, whose infant daughter died from pertussis in 2012. The goals of IVaccinate are to make parents aware of the overwhelming consensus within the medical community that vaccines are safe and effective, that getting their children vaccinated is the best thing parents can do to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases, and that most parents do believe in vaccinations.

If you have questions or concerns about vaccines, MDHHS encourages parents to talk to your healthcare provider and visit www.ivaccinate.org for more information. For more information on NIIW, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – 40th Annual Spring Salad Spree at First United Methodist Church in Marquette – Apr. 27

April 24, 2017

Marquette – The 40th Annual Spring Salad Spree will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Social Room of the Hope First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Ridge Street in Marquette.

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat salad luncheon with beverages and dessert included for only $10. Tickets will be available at the door. Take outs will be available. Proceeds will go to local community projects.

Calendar – Groups – Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee Meeting – Apr. 27

April 24, 2017

Marquette – The Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee will meet on Thursday, April 27 at noon at the Landmark Inn of Marquette.

Blake Rieboldt, City of Marquette’s Police Chief, will present “Graffiti, Security Cameras and Current Marquette Issues.” Lunch will be available at a cost.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Hoops For Hospice – April 27

April 24, 2017

Marquette – Hoops for Hospice will be held on Thursday, April 27 beginning at 7 p.m. at Vandament Arena inside the PEIF building on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Local celebrities will be playing against NMU alumni and current players of NMU’s Men’s and Women’s basketball team. The purpose of the event is to help raise awareness and funds for the U.P. Hospice Foundation. In addition to an exciting basketball game, there will be a special half time show, 50/50, concessions and audience participation opportunities.

Tickets are $11 and are available at any NMU Ticket Outlet or online at tickets.nmu.edu.

Calendar – Youth – STEAM Program at Peter White Public Library – Apr. 27

April 24, 2017

Marquette – STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Program will be offered on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room or the Marquette Arts and Culture Center on the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.

STEAM for grades K through 5. Kids will be grouped according to grade level. The event is free.

For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2017 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette County – Apr. 27-30

April 24, 2017

Marquette/Ishpeming – Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2017 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties will be held Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30 at Superior Entertainment Center in Marquette and River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming.

Form a bowling team with friends, family, co-workers, raise pledges and support local children in Big Brothers Big Sisters. To register your team go to www.bbbsmqt.org. For more information, call Jayne Letts at 475-7801.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – AAUW Book Sale in Marquette – Apr. 27-29

April 24, 2017

Marquette – The AAUW Book Sale will be held Thursday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Bluff and N. Front Streets in Marquette.

Thousands of used books will be for sale. All money raised will go to scholarships for women for higher education.