Tween, Teen, and
Young Adult Immunizations

Protecting Futures

Giving vaccines to kids, teens, and young adults is really important. It helps keep them safe from serious illnesses—now and in the future. These shots are carefully tested to make sure they're safe and work well. They're meant to be given at certain ages to provide the best protection.

For many preteen, teen, and young adults, immunizations are available at their school health centers. In partnership with school leadership, our health and wellness centers include Blue Devil Wellness Center, Hornet Health Center, and Ironmen Health Center.

In addition, immunizations and other care are also offered in school clinics located in Charlevoix, Boyne City, Bellaire, Mancelona, Gaylord, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, and Pellston. Most offices are open from 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. Immunization clinics at our offices vary from month to month; however, appointments are easy to make by calling 1-800-432-4121.

Why Immunize?

Immunization, usually done by vaccine, is a safe and effective process which helps you become immune or resistant to an infectious disease. Vaccines stimulate the body's immune system. 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

We offer special programs to keep vaccines affordable or provide them to people who can’t afford them. No youth will be denied needed immunizations due to the inability to pay.  Medicaid and private insurance are also accepted.

The Vaccine for Children Program (VFC) provides free immunizations to children 18 and younger. To qualify, youth 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

*To help cover our costs, a $10 fee is requested per immunization.

Private Providers interested in becoming a VFC Provider are encouraged to contact HDNW for information.

What Should You Know If you 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.

Immunization Waiver and Medical Contraindications 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, the student will be excluded until the following documentation is shared:

  • A complete immunization record or
  • A physician-signed State of Michigan Medical Contraindication Form: If your child has a medical reason for not receiving a vaccine, a physician must sign the State of Michigan Medical Contraindication Form (which is available at your doctor's office and not the health department). This form must be completed and signed by a physician before it’s submitted to a school.
  • A current Immunization Waiver Electronic Form: A nonmedical waiver is a written statement by parents/guardians describing their religious or philosophical (other) objections to specific vaccine/vaccines. 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 back to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services-Immunization Program has noted on the bottom of the form.