Make sure your child has the immunizations required for back to school

By the Central Michigan District Health Department

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.

In January 2015, a new rule went into effect regarding non-medical waivers. A parent or guardian who wishes to have any or all of the required immunizations waived for their child must meet with their local health department to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccine-preventable diseases. This new rule does not take away the right to obtain a non-medical waiver. Immunization waivers for medical reasons must be obtained from a physician.

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

Please contact your physician or local health department to make sure your child is ready for school. The Central Michigan District Health Department provides immunizations by appointment (we offer 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, to set up an appointment for immunizations or to discuss non-medical waivers, please call the Osceola County branch at (231) 832-5532 ext. 15.

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