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Fewer Michigan parents getting their children properly vaccinated

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LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan Department of Community Health reports that fewer parents in the state are making sure that their children get vaccinated against things like measles, whooping cough, and mumps. Angela Minicuci says that it's either because those parents are confused about what's recommended, or they've got some kind of objection to vaccines, which is not a good thing.

More cases of measles and whooping cough have popped up in the state, and health officials are concerns that this trend is going to lead to deaths.

In the last few years, the number of parents in Michigan requesting waivers based on medical or philosophical reasons for required vaccines has gone up. Minicuci says this just means more kids at risk of dying from easily preventable illnesses.