Childhood Immunizations

Protecting Futures

Making sure kids get their shots is super important to keep them safe from really serious sicknesses now and in the future. Scientists test these shots a lot to make sure they're safe and work well. The shots are given at certain ages to give the best protection possible.

HDNW offices are open Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm. Our Immunization Clinics vary from month to month in each county office. Clinics are located in Charlevoix, Boyne City, Bellaire, Mancelona, Gaylord, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, and Pellston. Please call 1-800-432-4121 to schedule an appointment.

Why Immunize?

Immunization is a safe and effective process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body's own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year. For more information on immunizations, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Immunization Action Coalition. For more information about Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, visit Child and Teen Vaccine-Preventable Diseases E-book.

Ways To Pay

Immunizations do not have to be expensive. The HDNW has special programs for immunizations. No child will be denied needed immunizations due to the inability to pay. A fee may be charged or a donation requested for each individual who is immunized. Medicaid and private insurance are also accepted.

The Vaccine for Children Program (VFC) provides free immunizations to children age 18 and younger. To qualify, a child must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Medicaid-eligible or Medicaid-enrolled
  • Uninsured or without any health insurance coverage
  • Underinsured or has insurance that does not cover immunizations
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

*An administration fee of $10 is requested per immunization. Private Providers interested in becoming a VFC Provider are encouraged to contact the HDNW for additional information.

Have Insurance?

When scheduling appointment, here’s what you should know when you come in:

  • Are immunizations covered under your plan?
  • Is HDNW in your network?
  • Do you have a deductible?

We will be happy to bill your insurance. We currently accept Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CIGNA, McLaren Health Advantage, Priority Health, Tri-Care (Standard), and United Healthcare.

Please remember that you will be billed for any remaining balance that your insurance company does not cover, including unmet deductibles.

Waiver for Schools

Michigan state law requires schools to report the immunization status of all students to the local health department. If students are not current on the required immunizations, they will be excluded until the following documentation is shared:

  • A complete immunization record or
  • A physician-signed waiver which verifies that a student has a medical reason for not receiving a vaccine. These forms are available at your doctor's office, not the health department. Once signed by the physician, this form should be submitted to the school or
  • nonmedical waiver, which is a written statement by parents/guardians describing their religious or philosophical (other) objections to a specific vaccine(s). Parents/guardians may contact our office to get a State of Michigan Immunization Waiver Form.

Need to request your child's record? Complete this Request Form and mail it to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services-Immunization Program as noted on the bottom of the form.