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Michigan wants kids caught up on vaccines after pandemic dip

The percentage of 5-month-olds fully up to date on recommended vaccines was less than half in May, down from about two-thirds in recent years.
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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s health department is urging that children be caught up on their vaccines as soon as possible after a drop in immunizations due to the cancellation of appointments during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The percentage of 5-month-olds fully up to date on recommended vaccines was less than half in May, down from about two-thirds in recent years.

Vaccination coverage declined in almost every other milestone age cohort. 

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's chief medical executive, says it's concerning children are behind. 

The pandemic-related drop comes as health experts sound alarms about a slight dip in vaccination rates over the past two years. 

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