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Points North, Ep. 13: Vaccine distrust

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A nurse gives a child his immunization shot. Grand Traverse County is the fourth highest in the state for parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their kids.

Michigan health officials are trying to educate parents that are skeptical of vaccines, encouraging them to immunize their kids. But it’s not working in Grand Traverse County, where more and more parents are opting out of vaccinations. Plus, a dietician helps people cook healthier food.

Vaccine-skeptical parents remain unpersuaded


Credit Courtesy of Megan Flaska
Meghan Flaska had to go to an educational session at the Grand Traverse County Health Department to get vaccine waivers for two of her children.

Four years ago, Michigan tried to improve child vaccination rates by making parents go to an education session on immunization. The move increased vaccinations by 25 percent across the state, but in Grand Traverse County many parents are still saying ‘no’ to vaccines. 

Learn more about the education session and why they're not working.


Baby carrots and the quest for healthier cooking

Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio
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These olive-oil braised carrots with warm spices were made by Laura McCain, a dietician at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Laura McCain, a dietician at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, says a lack of confidence with cooking can make it hard to get a healthy meal on the table. Even a simple recipe like baby carrots with warm spices can help a lot at the dinner table.

Click here for the recipe for olive oil braised carrots with warm spices.

Hear how Laura McCain makes her carrots.

We want to hear from you:

Elderly drivers in Grand Traverse County have one of the highest rates of car accidents in the state. 

Have you had a conversation with a parent or grandparent about giving up their keys? Are you a senior citizen who relies on your car and can’t lose it?

Let us know by calling 231-276-4444, email us a voice memo at ipr@interlochen.orgor comment below.

Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.