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Legislative News
n WCMS Speaks Out on Increasing Access to Vaccines
Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909
Dear Governor Snyder:
On behalf of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS), we write to express our support of expanding access to vaccines and awareness of their bene ts for Michigan residents. As physicians, public health leaders, community advocates, and family caregivers, we are aptly aware of the medical necessity for these live-saving vaccines.
WCMS is the leading physician medical association for legislative action and community outreach in Washtenaw County. As a medical society comprised of physicians, residents, and medical students of various specialties, we are keenly attuned to the necessity of vaccinations. While no medical intervention is risk-free, vaccines have an exemplary safety record. Previous claims that vaccines are unsafe have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature, including a thorough review by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine.) Despite the unequivocal truth that vaccines are the safest and most cost-effective way of preventing disease, disability, and death, our state is still subject to outbreaks of vaccine- preventable diseases including the measles, pertussis (whooping cough), meningococcal meningitis, and most recently, a severe hepatitis A outbreak.
In this pursuit, we stand opposed to:
• HB 4425, HB 4426, SB 299, and SB 300 which prevent the Department of
Health and Human Services from promulgating more stringent requirements for vaccination exemption.
• Opposition of HB 5162 and HB 5163, which restrict the ability of the Department of Health and Human Services to promulgate rules regarding immunization and require new immunizations to be enacted into law.
We support:
• The “I Vaccinate” Campaign and ask that the Michigan legislature fund
this critical campaign in the FY 2019 budget.
Once again, we strongly urge Michigan’s elected of cials to increase education and access to vaccines. We remain committed to serving our communities in the best ways that we were medically trained, and board certi ed to do. WCMS welcomes the opportunity to work together to develop solutions in pursuit of our mutual goal of optimizing patient care and community safety.
Joseph O. Nnodim, MD, PhD, FACP, AGSF WCMS President
Gabrielle Szlenkier WCMS Executive Director
24 Washtenaw County Medical Society BULLETIN JULY / AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2018
Joseph O. Nnodim, MD, PhD, FACP, AGSF Gabrielle Szienkier, WCMS Executive Director Washtenaw County Medical Society
5 Research Dr., Suite C
Ann Arbor, Ml 48103
Dr. Nnodim and Ms. Szlenkier:
Thank you for your letter expressing your support for expanding education efforts on the bene ts of vaccinations. As Director of the Governor’s Of ce of Strategic Policy, I am responding on his behalf.
One of the goals of this Administration is making sure Michigan’s communities are strong and thriving. Vaccinations protect families and communities from the harmful, sometimes deadly consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The I Vaccinate campaign helps educate parents about how to protect their children from vaccine-preventable diseases. In the current  scal year, the Department of Health and Human Service’s (DHHS) budget allocates $740,000 in state dollars and this is matched with an additional $740,000 in federal dollars, resulting in a total of
$1,480,000 to be used to provide the facts parents need to make informed decisions about vaccinations.
I appreciate your comments on House Bills 4425-26, 5162-63, as well as Senate Bills 299 and 300. As these bills are still in the legislative process, I would encourage you to also contact your state legislators to share your concerns. Rest assured, this of ce will keep your correspondence on hand, should any of the above legislation make it to the Governor’s desk for consideration.
Again, thank you for your support of the I Vaccinate campaign. I applaud your community outreach efforts in Washtenaw County. Should I be of any further assistance on this issue or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact my of ce: (517)-373- 3400.
Angela Ayers Director of Strategy

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