There are many important reasons to get vaccinated. On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
However, vaccines are not just for kids - grown-ups need them too. Vaccine-preventable diseases can cause long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death. Getting your recommended vaccines can reduce the risk that you get sick and spread disease to others. Some people may not be able to get certain vaccines based on age, health conditions, or other factors even though they are vulnerable to illness. You help protect them by getting vaccinated!
School is just around the corner and whenever children are brought into group settings, there is a chance for diseases to spread. Michigan students must follow state vaccine laws in order to attend school. These laws are the minimum standard to help prevent disease outbreaks in school settings and the best protection is to follow the recommended vaccination schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
During disease outbreaks, incompletely vaccinated students may be excluded from school. Parents and guardians choosing to decline vaccines must obtain a certified non-medical waiver from a local health department.
Cost should not be a barrier as children birth through age 18 can receive the immunizations at no cost through the Vaccine For Children (VFC) program. VFC vaccine is available at many health care providers or at the local health department. Eligible recipients must meet one of the following criteria:
• Medicaid-enrolled or eligible
• American Indian or Alaska Native
Don’t wait – vaccinate!