News Release

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Beat the back-to-school rush!
Bring in your children and teens for needed vaccines now

(July 19, 2010) It's the middle of summer and the farthest thing from your mind may be getting your children ready for school. However, summer is an ideal time to cross off immunizations from your back-to-school list. Why not beat the rush? New school immunization requirements are going into effect in Michigan during the upcoming year and as the first day of school gets closer, doctors’ offices and health department clinics tend to be swamped with children and adolescents needing sports physicals and vaccinations.

For a limited time, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is offering immunization visits for selected vaccines at a reduced cost of $15 for children age 11 to 18 to help families who-

  • Have deductibles or co-pays for immunizations
  • Have an insurance policy that doesn’t cover immunizations
  • Have immunization coverage, but have gone over their prevention allowance
  • Have no health insurance.

The Health Department is offering clinic visits at the reduced charge to help families "catch up" their children's immunizations before the beginning of the new school year. Michigan Immunization Rules, in effect now, require the following immunizations for students entering sixth grade, and they are recommended for all youth age 11 through 18:

  • Meningitis: one dose
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap): one dose
  • Chickenpox: two doses.

Plus, three doses of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine are recommended for all females age 11 through 18.

As the new school year approaches, physicians' offices and Health Department clinics are busy working to ensure children who are attending schools and child care programs have received all of their recommended vaccines. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan encourages parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on their immunizations. Beat the August rush and bring in your children and teens for needed vaccines now.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. To schedule immunization visits at a Health Department clinic, call 800-432-4121.