Posted on February 09, 2018
The latest episode of the MiCare Champion Cast covers vaccinations and raises awareness about serious vaccine-preventable illnesses in Michigan, including the flu and hepatitis A.
The episode includes an interview with Veronica McNally of Oakland County, founder of the Franny Strong Foundation, which is co-leading the I Vaccinate public education campaign. Her infant daughter, Francesca Marie, lost her life to pertussis, or whooping cough, and she now works to educate parents about the importance and safety of vaccines. Officials from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) also share information about the I Vaccinate campaign and vaccination rates in the state.
The flu season has been especially severe this year, with 53 pediatric deaths reported nationwide as of Jan. 27. A hepatitis A outbreak, which originated in southeast Michigan, is spreading to other parts of the state as well. The MDHHS is urging hospitals to screen and vaccinate all at-risk patients who present in the emergency department. It is also important that all healthcare personnel are up-to-date with vaccinations that will protect themselves in addition to patients and the community from diseases like the flu, pertussis and hepatitis A.
The episode can be heard on SoundCloud or iTunes. To listen on a mobile device, subscribe to the MiCare Champion Cast with a podcast app, including Apple podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
The podcast is part of the statewide #MiCareMatters campaign, launched in 2017, which aims to build a network of citizens — “MiCare Champions” — who will be called upon to engage in advocacy efforts to protect access to affordable healthcare services in Michigan.
Past episodes have featured interviews with other MHA members and covered topics including the Affordable Care Act, the opioid crisis, auto no-fault insurance reform, health equity and more. For more information, visit micarematters.org.
Members with questions or who would like to submit ideas for future podcasts should contact Laura Hall at the MHA. Additional resources are available online about healthcare personnel vaccination policies.
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