Immunization Ready?

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

Amethyst Klasey is four years old and weeks away from going to school for the very first time. So she's come to the Ingham County Health Department to get her immunizations.

"For all new school enterers into a school system, it is required that children receive their immunizations," explains Immunization Clinic Supervisor Joy Maloney. "Typically it's children between the ages of four and six years of age."

The Michigan Department of Community Health's required immunizations include: four doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis, four doses of Polio, two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, three doses of Hepatitis B, and one dose of Chickenpox.

"And five to six years later they get a booster of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis," says Maloney.

Though not required before entering sixth grade, it's highly recommended that while getting immunization updates, students also receive the vaccines for Meningitis, Human Papillomavirus, and Hepatitis A.

"We anticipate there'll be a recommendation coming from the state of Michigan to make these required," Maloney says. "And some will be implemented by 2008."

Along with immunizations, there are also mandates for vision and hearing tests.

"For hearing it's very important to emphasize the early on. It's preschool, kindergarten, first and third grade," explains Vision & Hearing Technician Amy Atkinson. "For vision that's also preschool, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth grade."

After the ninth grade, however, state mandated immunizations and tests are rarely needed. That is until a student enters college -- and then the university requirements come into play.

Immunizations are available through your local health department or family doctor.

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  • by Ann Location: Dewitt on Aug 30, 2007 at 04:55 AM
    In reference to previous comments: Why the attack on Ms Maloney's choice of words? Immunizations are required in the state of Michigan and children can and will be excluded for not being immunized. Yes, the form you are speaking of is called a waiver and you do have the right to waive vaccination for many reasons some of which being religious or medical reactions to previous vaccinations. It is difficult for me to imagine that there are parents who do not immunize out of laziness or total misinformation regarding vaccine safety. If people are going to talk about the waiver option, then they must include the whole truth also...such as the fact that if your child is not immunized and there is an outbreak, he or she is excluded from school until the outbreak is over. Schools do not tell parents "you can get shots or just sign this form", they tell you what immunizations are required by the state of Mi. Immunizations that will keep a child healthy and alive.
  • by Krystal Location: Webberville on Aug 28, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    It is NOT required that you have immunizations to go to school. You can get a form saying you choose not to get the shots. That makes me angery that lady said they are "required", when the state of Michigan gives the personal choice of the parents. Sorry but that should be restated!
  • by Christi Location: Brooklyn Mi on Aug 24, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    All schools do not require immunization. They all have a waiver that a parent can sign. You DO NOT have to vaccinate if you do not believe in it. Period! Pleae don't speak thing in an absolute way, when they are not the truth. Mi. schools prefer that you vaccinate, but it is not required. And with michigan in its current state, most every school will not turn a child away due to signing the waiver. Please speak the truth.
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