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More Michigan parents are requesting vaccination waivers for their children.

The rate dropped to 3.1% in 2015, after a new state law went into effect in 2014, requiring parents who want a waiver to attend a vaccine education session at their county health department.

The rate has since crept up to 3.8% in 2018.

Bob Swanson directs the Immunization Division at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

A nurse administers a vaccine.
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A bill has been introduced in the state House that would require schools to post public notices about their students' vaccination rates.

The bill would require schools with vaccination waiver rates over five percent to post signs and post the information online.

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Michigan is now among a growing list of states experiencing measles outbreaks, with state health officials confirming 40 cases so far in Oakland County, one in Wayne County, and one in the City of Detroit since March 13. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines an outbreak as three or more cases.

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Vaccine waiver rates for school-age children have increased slightly in Michigan.

The Detroit News reports that Department of Health and Human Services data shows 3.2% of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016 compared to 3.1% the year before.

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County health departments are in their usual August scramble to schedule meetings with parents who don't want to vaccinate their children.