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Nov. 21, 2023

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From: Eric Freedman and Judy Putnam

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VACCINATION RATES: The state’s child vaccination rates are the lowest since 2011, and reasons include misinformation and inadequate resources for local public health agencies. Counties with the lowest rates for children 19 to 36 months are Oscoda, Keweenaw, Clare, Houghton and Lake. Detroit also ranks among the lowest. Highest rates are in Ontonagon, Midland, Kent, Bay and Leelanau counties. Among the schools with 100% rates are ones in Ingham, Alcona, Saginaw and Oakland counties. The state’s chief medical executive and the vice president of the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who is also a Western Michigan University faculty member, explain. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR CLARE, ALCONA, IRON MOUNTAIN, MIDLAND, MARQUETTE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, LAKE COUNTY, DETROIT, WKTV, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.

w/VACCINATION RATES TABLE: Schools with lowest vaccination rates among kindergarteners in 2022. Source: Department of Health and Human Services

CANCER: Residents of Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties in the Thumb have a disproportionately high rate of colorectal cancer, including a higher death rate, a new study finds. Risk factors include obesity, smoking, age and an “unhealthy food environment.” Elsewhere, the lowest rate was in Houghton County, followed by Emmet, Mason, Ottawa and Ontonagon counties.Wexford and Mecosta counties were among those with the lowest rates. The highest rate was in Montmorency County, followed by Clare, Gratiot, Oscoda and Osceola counties. Gogebic, Alger and Baraga counties were among those with the highest rates. Study done by MSU faculty and a Grand Rapids physician. By Eric Freedman. FOR CLARE, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, WKTV, MONTMORENCY, MARQUETTE, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, IRON MOUNTAIN, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

LESS WATER USE: A new study finds that residents of major Great Lakes cities, including Lansing, are using less water, a trend with economic, social and environmental implications. The relationship between per capita water use and socioeconomic factors such as income and race may prove significant as policy makers decide how to deal with inequities in distribution and affordability of water. Researchers are from the Great Lakes Commission, based in Ann Arbor, U-M and Wisconsin Sea Grant. While water use is dropping, rates and fees are rising at almost twice the rate of median household income, and water shut-offs are increasingly common. By Eric Freedman. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.


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