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Posted on: June 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Catch Up Washtenaw: Local Vaccination Rates are Down

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Vaccination rates among our local kids have fallen. This leaves children and our community at risk for preventable diseases and outbreaks. Please help us encourage local families and community members to catch up on their routine vaccinations. If you didn't catch up during the summer, do it before cold and flu season is here.

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In Michigan, the number of toddlers current on their vaccinations has fallen by about 5% in the last two years, which leaves roughly 52,000 children vulnerable to vaccine-preventable illnesses like mumps, measles, chicken pox, polio and diphtheria. In Washtenaw, the percentage of toddlers (19-35 months) current on their recommended vaccinations has dropped about 4% from 2019-2022. Among adolescents 13-19 years in Washtenaw coverage is down 9%.

Consistent community support for routine vaccination is critical – perhaps more than ever. Take time to encourage vaccination and make sure everyone in Washtenaw catches up as soon as possible. This includes trusted community organizations and leaders as well as human service providers, health care professionals and specialists. Your voices matter and provide credibility and support. This is especially important when families have doubts about the recommended schedules, the importance of catching up or vaccinating kids with special health conditions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts. Together we can protect health and prevent unnecessary illness and outbreaks in Washtenaw County.

Need a ride to a vaccine?

The Vaccinate Washtenaw program provides fare-free, accessible transportation to any vaccination and booster appointments. This includes transportation to vaccination clinics or medical appointments where vaccines/boosters will be administered.

  • This program is open to any person of any age in Washtenaw County. Ride must begin and end in Washtenaw. 
  • Rides are booked through the AARP Ride@50+ Program, powered by Feonix - Mobility Rising. It's a one phone call process to book the ride(s): just call 844-900-4892, and use code "Vaccinate Washtenaw."
  • Fare-free transportation made possible by grant funding from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

Can't easily leave your home to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster? Disability Rights Michigan can help! 

Call 1-800-288-5923 and let the representative know that you would like a vaccine given in your home. If you are getting a COVID-19 vaccine, they can also bring flu vaccine at the same time. Services are free and confidential.

If you are homebound and neither of these above options work for you, please call 800-852-1232 for assistance from the state health department’s VNA (Visiting Nurses Association) Vaccine Assistance Project.

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