New school immunization requirements for 2010-2011

— New school immunization requirements are going into effect in Michigan for the upcoming school year. These new requirements are:

1. Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for children age 4 and above

who do not have a previous history of the disease.

2. Pre-teens and adolescents need one dose of meningococcal vaccine.*

3. Pre-teens and adolescents need one dose of tetanus/diphtheria/acellular

pertussis (Tdap) if five years have passed since their last dose of

tetanus/diphtheria vaccine.*

*These vaccines are recommended at age 11

The Genesee County Health Department strongly recommends you contact your physician immediately to ensure that your child is up to date on their immunizations before school begins. Children in kindergarten, 6th grade, and those entering a new school district for the first time can be excluded from school if they have not received the required vaccines. Waiting until the end of August when there is a high demand for vaccinations may cause delays in scheduling appointments at your provider’s office and result in missed days of school for your child.

McLaren Visiting Nurse and Hospice in Davison, in collaboration with the Genesee Intermediate School District and the Genesee County Health Department, will provide some community clinics to help school age children who are unable to receive immunizations from their physician, meet these new guidelines.

Please check with your school district for further information regarding these clinics.

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