IMMUNIZATION & WAIVER Information

Students entering Kindergarten/DK/Pre-K/Young 5s need to have the following immunizations by the start of school:

  • 4 doses of DTP or DTaP, one dose must be after 4 years of age
  • 4 doses of polio. Only 3 doses of polio are required, if dose 3 is given on or after the 4th birthday
  • 2 doses of MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine at or after 1 year of age
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine at or after 1 year of age OR evidence of immunity (blood test) OR reliable history of having had chickenpox

The Advisory Council on Immunizations (ACIP) also recommends the following immunizations for children:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Flu (seasonal)

If a parent is waiving one or more vaccines, which are required for their child  to enter school, the parent will need to make an appointment at their local health department to obtain a NEW waiver prior to the start of school. A student, who fails to meet the immunization requirement  or have a valid waiver, will not be admitted to school.

Students entering 7th grade and students entering 8th-12th grades in a new school district, need to have the following immunizations by the start of school:

  • 4 doses of DT/DTP/DTaP/Td OR 3 doses, if the first dose was given after the first birthday
  • 1 dose of Tdap
  • 4 doses of polio OR 3 doses, if dose #3 was given after the 4th birthday
  • 2 doses of MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine at or after 1 year of age
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
  • 1 dose of MCV4 (quadravalent conjugate meningitis vaccine)
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine at or after 1 year of age OR evidence of immunity (blood test) OR reliable history of having had chickenpox

The Advisory Council on Immunizations (ACIP) also recommends the following immunizations for pre-teens and teens:

  • Hepatitis A
  • HPV
  • Flu (seasonal)

If a parent is waiving one or more vaccines, which are required for their child to enter school, the parent will need to make an appointment at their local health department to obtain a NEW waiver prior to the start of school.


Since 1978, Michigan law (PH Code: 333.9208) requires that each student possess a certificate of immunization or valid immunization waiver at the time of registration or no later than the first day of school upon entry into kindergarten, 7th grade, or into a new school district involving grades 1-12. A student who fails to meet the immunization requirement or have a valid waiver, shall not be admitted to school.

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