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Ingham County Health Department Launches Campaign to Boost Vaccinations

LANSING, Mich. – The Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) reminds area residents to Take Your Shot for personal health and the well-being of the community.

With students returning to the classroom and people adjusting to changes from COVID-19, the health department encourages everyone to get up to date on all their routine vaccinations. Launched this week, the Take Your Shot campaign aims to increase vaccine uptake, including the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly among pregnant and parenting individuals as well as other vulnerable populations within Ingham County. The campaign features both digital and print media and can be seen across the county.

“We are seeing the lowest vaccination rates--especially among children--that the state has seen in years,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “For individuals’ health and the health of our community, we are encouraging everyone to stay current on all their vaccinations.”

In Ingham County, vaccination rates have dropped by roughly 5 percentage points for children ages 19 to 35 months since December 2019. The decline is credited, in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on in-office primary care visits. Vaccine hesitancy among certain populations also remains an issue.

“The Ingham County Health Department is happy to discuss any questions or concerns individuals may have about vaccinations. Given all the information out there, it’s only understandable that some may have questions prior to receiving a vaccination,” said Vail.

ICHD offers an array of resources on immunization schedules and routine vaccines, seasonal flu, COVID-19, travel preparations, and more. The health department also operates an Immunization Clinic at 5303 S. Cedar St. in Lansing and offers low cost or free vaccines to those who qualify.

For more information on the Take Your Shot campaign and vaccinations, visit www.YourShotToHelp.com.