A new school year can mean new immunizations

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Immunizations are just one of the many things to think about when a new school year rolls around, especially if your child is entering kindergarten, seventh grade or changing school districts.

Requirements have changed for the 2014-15 school year. Beginning with this school year, all seventh grade students will have their immunization records reviewed. Schools are required to report the immunization status of students to the local health department each year.

School-aged children need to be protected against tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, meningococcal and chickenpox (varicella). The number of doses needed varies by age.

To view the immunization requirements for school-aged children, visit http://www.mcir.org/forms/SS_School_Requirements.pdf.

The Central Michigan District Health Department provides immunizations by appointment (it offers immunizations to those with and without medical insurance coverage). A small fee may apply for immunizations received; however, no child is turned away for immunizations based on income or an inability to pay.

For more information or to set up an immunization appointment, please call (231) 832-5532 ext. 15.