It's that time of season when students across the area are getting ready for another school year. A year involving a lot of hard work and a little bit of fun. However with so many students and teachers confined in one space, the risk of coming down with an illness increases. That's why vaccinations are critical according to TJ Bucholz of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
"We know that immunizations keep children safe. We know immunizations keep children healthy. And children who aren't immunized face more health risks than those who don't."
So the MDCH requires thirteen doses of nine different immunizations before a child enters school. They include four doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis, three doses of Polio, two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, three doses of Hepatitis B, and one dose Chickenpox.
"We believe that those diseases still exist in the background. And people that aren't vaccinated against them have a much higher probability of contracting them."
Bucholz says certain waivers may be granted due to religious or philosophical reasons.
"Schools have the option if a child has not been vaccinated to hold a child out of instruction and forbid them from coming to school."
But that's not the point. The point is the well-being of students as they gear up for another year of hitting the books.