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New Process for Immunization Waivers in Michigan
New requirements are in place for parents and guardians who opt not to fully vaccinate their children before the children enter school or childcare.
Immunization waivers are needed when a parent or guardian skips one or more of the vaccinations required for children entering school or childcare settings. There are two types of waivers:
Requesting Immunization Waivers in Berrien County
To request a nonmedical waiver:
After the session, parents or guardians may request that the child or children receive the required vaccines. Vaccinations will be provided as time and staffing allow. Or, vaccinations may be scheduled with the child's regular health care provider.
To request a medical waiver:
Why the Change?
Michigan has one of the highest waiver rates in the country, with as many as 4.7% of the school-aged children opting out of full vaccination. However, in Berrien County, more than 96% of children are fully vaccinated upon entering school. These new rules will help provide parents and guardians with reliable information about the benefits of vaccination and the risks of disease.
Michigan Public Health Law requires that all infants and children have certain vaccinations or a valid waiver before entering public or private school or licensed childcare settings. These requirements exist to prevent the spread of disease and to prevent injury or death in the community. Immunization records are checked every fall for all licensed childcare, preschool and Head Start students. Public and private schools check immunization records at the beginning of the school year for kindergartners, seventh graders and all newly enrolled students.
In December, 2014, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved a new educational requirement for Michigan parents opting their children out of getting vaccinated before entering school. See information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on the change.