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Calling it "the second greatest, most significant contagious crisis in recent history," physician, professor, author, and director for the Center For The History of Medicine at the University of Michigan Dr. Howard Markel talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry.  He shares his perspective on where we are now in the pandemic compared to previous pandemics and how he sees it ending.

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Despite the United Kingdom variant entering the area, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has leveled off recently.  Yet, distributing out the vaccine to residents has still not reached the level that was hoped for.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia discusses the latest COVID-19 developments with WEMU's David Fair.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently expanded eligibility for the COVID 19-vaccine.  The three-day turnaround for health systems and health departments has put a lot of strain on the system.  And, there isn't enough vaccine to meet demand.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to offer the latest information. 

To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials announced the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, January 11.  Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about how the county plans to handle this updated vaccination plan.

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Several Ann Arbor entities are now administering COVID-19 vaccines, including Michigan Medicine, the Ann Arbor VA hospital, and the Washtenaw County Health Department.  But as more vaccines become available in our community, not everyone is feeling comfortable that it is something they will want to get.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Michigan Medicine scientist and researcher in the division of infectious diseases Dr. Jonathan Golob about the rumored vaccine side effects and how this vaccine was able to be so quickly created and approved.



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With the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, several doctors at Michigan Medicine have already received a first dose.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with infectious disease specialist Dr. Payal Patel about her experience being among the very first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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This week marked a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19.  The Pfizer vaccine has been shipped and distributed to numerous hospitals across the country, including locally.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the intial phase of innoculation and when vaccines could become available to the general public. 

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Calling it “the beginning of the end” of the 2020 pandemic, a University of Michigan hospital infectious disease specialist, who co-chaired the hospital’s vaccine task force, says it will take over six months to complete widespread vaccinations against the virus.  Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Sandro Cinti about the vaccine's arrival at Michigan Medicine and how it will be distributed.

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The Washtenaw County Health Department says children are still required to get immunized for school, even if they will be learning virtually this fall because of COVID-19.  

Fewer Kids Getting Vaccinated During COVID-19

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The Washtenaw County Health Department has seen a decrease in the number of children getting immunized because of COVID-19.  


The Washtenaw County Health Department has issued an alert about measles in the county. 


The state is taking a synchronized approach to fighting the hepatitis A outbreak.  It’s activated two emergency centers. 

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Doctors, parents and public health experts gathered in Lansing with one simple message – vaccinate your children. 

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A legal challenge has been filed against a state rule that requires counseling for parents who have a religious objection to vaccinating their children.  

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  State health officials say a recent wave of chickenpox cases has been caused primarily by unvaccinated children contracting the illness at school.  Rick Pluta reports.

Mumps, pertussis and other diseases are a growing concern in Washtenaw County because many children haven't been vaccinated against them.

Washtenaw County places 66th out of Michigan's 84 counties for fully-vacinated children between the ages of 13 and 17.

Washtenaw County Public Health Medical Director Alice Penrose says some diseases that aren't common are starting to come back and could become a major problem.

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Vaccinate your child. As 89-One WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, That's the message from health officials after a record number of cases of Pertussis were recorded in 2013.   

 2013 was a record year, though not one to be happy about.